Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) wearing a head cloth (kekryphalos)

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

97.294

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of Eros who wears a cap of a folded kerchief with four points (kekryphalos). A sash or scarf hangs over his left shoulder. His right arm is extended in front. Pink and white on scarf and wing; gold on remains of the left wing; red on the lips; fresh color. Missing: right wing, right leg from hip, left arm and wing, right end of drapery.
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 winged figures, remains of plaster with the impressions of strings make it clear that the 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