Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) holding a comic mask

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes; Place of Manufacture: Greece, Euboia

Dimensions

Height: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

97.304

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of winged baby. He holds a comic mask (an older principal slave: hegemon therapon) in his raised left hand. Cloak pink, blue, and white, wings ditto with gold, lips red.
Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include 97.290-97.345, 98.790-98.794, 98.798, 98.893, 99.438, and 21.1213.
On the backs of some figures, remains of plaster with the impression of string make it clear that the winged figures were suspended.

Provenance

By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: [one of] 28 Erotes said to be all from the same grave at Eretria); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund