Aphrodite holding double cornucopia with Eros seated on her knee

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 1st century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 011.

Dimensions

Overall: 24.1 x 14 x 6 cm (9 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7722

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Group of seated Aphrodite holding a child Eros on her knee, identifying the the kourotrophos type. She is seated on a rocky ground, having an himation wrapped around her legs and carried up behind her body to the back of her head and over her left arm. On her left hand, she holds a double curnucorpia, which contains a pyramidal cake, grapes and leaves; she has her hair arranged in flat waves with locks hanging down her neck; she wears a plain crown (stephane). The Eros sitting on her knee, is winged and nude. They are placed on a high molded base.

Traces of yellow on stephane of the goddess and on the end of cornucopia; creamy tint on neck and breast of goddess; traces of red on her sandals; brownish cream on the body of Eros.

Pinkish-red clay.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina, from the Metaxas Collection in Athens [and perhaps from the Bernardhakis collection in Lesbos]); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution