Figurine of Eros holding up a himation between his teeth

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
130–60 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 038.

Dimensions

Overall: 16.5 x 7 x 5.5 cm (6 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7685

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of Eros flying. He wears a himation wrapped up all over his body and head reaching above the knees and drawn up over his mouth; he also wears a disk on his forehead. The holding of the himation between the teeth has been interpreted as a sign of silence and a funerary gesture. This type of Erotes has had a special significance for the dead.

The figurine has been broken across the body and mended; There are traces of white slip. Both wings are gone. Also missing part of the back.
Hang-hole on the back for suspension.

Light-red clay.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution