Decorative relief

Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 113; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).


Height x depth: 56.5 x 11 cm (22 1/4 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chalk stone

Not On View


The Ancient World



The relief is in three fragments, broken at both sides. Portions of the original upper and lower edges are preserved. Details of the design are broken, and the surfaces worn.
The upper edge and the composition of the floral design suggest this relief may have decorated a small pediment, perhaps of a funerary structure. The central motif at the left comprises a large plant, rising from acanthus leaves. Eros sits on a spiraled tendril, with wings spread out against the background. He looks around toward a small griffin, which emerges from the foliage at the right.


Said to be from Ceglie, near Bari; by 1910: with E. P. Warren (bought in Brindisi and found near there); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, June 2, 1910, for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution