Fragment of a statue of Eros

Greek
Hellenistic or Greco-Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 107; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).

Dimensions

16.4 x 9.8 x 9.8 cm (6 7/16 x 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.732

Medium or Technique

Stone; Greek mainland (?) marble

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The nose and the back of the head have been broken away. The surfaces of the white marble representing flesh have been polished.

A section of the left shoulder and chest is preserved. Eros appears to have been walking forward and turning his head and upper body back to the right, as if another figure or an animal had been present to make a group. The curly hair enframing the face and the knot over the forehead are Hellenistic characteristics in representing Eros that were taken up by sculptors in the Graeco-Roman period. They appear in the Erotes and genii on Roman sarcophagi.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way