Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) holding a votive half-figure of a goddess

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

97.308

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of winged baby. His left hand supports a votive half-figure of a goddess, wearing a triple-crested crown or helmet with a (worn) medallion (gorgoneion?) on her breast. Hair reddish-brown; eyes brown; lips red; scarf pink; wing pink, white and gold. The votive figure has a pink chiton, with gold front and yellow crown. Missing: left wing and foot; right leg. Right wing restored with plaster.
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