Eros Hurling a Spear at a Stag

Roman , Eastern Mediterranean
Early Imperial Period
1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 031.


12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



Group of Eros hurling spear at a stag. The spear is missing. He wears a chalmys, which covers his left arm and falls behind his back. His hair is tied on top of his head, falling in curls down his neck. Yellowish color in stag; black for eye and eyebrows of Eros; rose pink on his chlamys and wings; pale blue on the wings; yellow-brown on the hair. On the back a Greek inscription with the letters alpha, gamma, alpha.

Red clay (unusually red).


By date unknown: H. Hoffmann Collection; 1899: Hôtel Drouot auction of the H. Hoffmann Collection (Paris, May 15-19, 1899, lot 203); by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Hoffmann Sale 1899, no. 203 = T.C. Gréau pl. 36.2); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution