Figurine of Eros holding up a himation between his teeth
Greek, East Greek
Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina
Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 038.
Overall: 16.5 x 7 x 5.5 cm (6 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution