Statuette of a flying Eros

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 2nd century B.C.


Findspot: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina, estate of M.Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 054.

Dimensions

29.1 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

87.374

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of nude Eros flying. Right arm is shattered above the head and is missing the forearm and the left arm is extended and fingers are missing from the hand. The arms probably held a wreath or ribbon overhead. A tightly woven wreath rests on the head. Wings were broken and mended. There are traces of white and yellow slip. On the back of the figurine, the existence of a small hole suggests that the figurine was suspended and appeared to fly. Made of light red clay.

Three-dimensional images of Eros flying were first created in Myrina in the middle of the 3rd century B.C. and remained popular for centuries.

Provenance

By 1886: found on the estate of M. Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary (Myrina); 1887: purchased for MFA by Martin Brimmer; gift of Martin Brimmer to MFA, 1887

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer