Eros or a spirit (Psyche or Daimon) playing cymbals

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

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


Height: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

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On View

Ancient Greece: Greek Theater Gallery (Gallery 215C)


The Ancient World



Statuette of winged Eros; with a cloak covers his head and shoulders. He plays cymbals, one of which is held in the right hand raised. Eyes brown, eyebrows and lashes black, lips red, cheeks, pink. Remains of brown in the hair. Flesh pink, cymbals gold, and cloak bright pink. Missing: left arm from elbow, left leg from knee, and right wing.

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.

On the backs of some figures, remains of plaster with the impression of string make it clear that the winged figures were suspended.


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