Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) playing cymbals

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.302

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of winged Eros; with a cloak covers his head and shoulders. He plays cymbals, one of which is held in the right hand raised. Eyes brown, eyebrows and lashes black, lips red, cheeks, pink. Remains of brown in the hair. Flesh pink, cymbals gold, and cloak bright pink. Missing: left arm from elbow, left leg from knee, and right wing.

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