Pendant in the form of Eros with a goat and pitcher

Greek
Hellenistic Period
150–80 B.C.


Dimensions

Length .023 Weight: 5.68 gm (0.01 lb.)

Accession Number

90.183

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants

A chubby Eros wears the costume associated with Attis: the garment is belted below the breasts, leaving the abdomen bare and is wound around the legs as trousers. He holds a jug in his right hand and the forefoot of a goat, which is on his shoulder between the wings, in his left hand. He seems to wear a garland on his head. Above is a ring for suspension, probably from a cluster of gems and pearls, as in a pair earrings in the Benaki Museum with highly similar Attis-Erotes. The pendant is solid-cast.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; November 14, 1890: anonymous gift to MFA

Credit Line

Anonymous gift