Figurine of Aphrodite with Eros as child (kourotrophos type) leaning on a column

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
1st century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 083.

Dimensions

Height: 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7734

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Woman holding a baby resting on her elbow. She is naked from the waist up and she has an himation wrapped around her legs; her right hand is resting on her hip and she is leaning on a pillar with a stepped base with the left. The child is sitting on her left arm and stretches both hands to her left breast.

This is most likely a representation of Aphrodite Kourotrophos, Aphrodite nursing a baby Eros (here shown wingless). The group is standing on a block base. There are some traces of pink on the himation and on the flesh. The head of the baby is missing and part of the back is restored.

Pinkish clay.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina, from the Metaxas Collection in Athens); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution