Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) flying

Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.


Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes; Place of Manufacture: Greece, Euboia

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

97.309

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of winged baby wrapped in a himation that covers his head. Around his face the himation is broken off. Lips red, cloak pink. Missing: both wings, right leg from middle of thigh, left foot, and object carried.
Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include 97.290-97.345, 98.790-98.794, 98.798, 98.893, 99.438, and 21.1213
Remains of plaster with the impression of string on the back of this figure make it clear that this and the other winged figures were suspended.

Provenance

By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: [one of] 28 Erotes said to be all from the same grave at Eretria); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund