Eros with a kneeling child

Roman Provincial
about 1st century A.D.


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 033.

Dimensions

Height: 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7719

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Group of flying Eros beside a column, with a kneeling child. On high base. Eros is bending towards a kneeling child, who is trying to touch Eros’s right sandal. The child is nude, Eros is wearing an himation around his neck and lifts it up from his feet, possibly in order to help the child touch his foot (?). His hair is arranged in a central plait. The column is surmounted by a Nike, who is wearing an ionic peplos and a wreath on her head; she raises her clenched right hand probably to hold a spear.
There is yellow-brown on Eros’s hair   his wings have brown white and pale green. His himation is pink; red on the soles of shoes and yellow on the uppers; red on lower half of column, yellow on upper. Traces of red, besides the white slip, on the capital. Gilding on the drapery and wreath of Nike. Inscribed: S O

Red clay.

Provenance

By date unknown: Gréau Collection; by 1899: H. Hoffmann Collection (auction of the H. Hoffmann Collection at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 15-19, 1899, lot 202); by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution