Figurine of a woman holding baby (Eros?)

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


Findspot: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina, estate of M.Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 101.

Dimensions

39.3 cm (15 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

87.393

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Statuette of a draped woman standing and holding a child in her arms. She is wearing a chiton and an himation. Her himation is covering her head in a cowl-like fashion. She is wearing a fillet with hanging tabs fastened by the disk in the center. She is also wearing earrings and thick-soled shoes. The child is nude and winged, so he is probably Eros; his hair is worn in curls with a disk over his forehead. He rests his arms over her breasts.

She stands on a high oval moulded base.
The wings of Eros are missing and part of the base in front. Much of the figure is mended. Traces of pink on chiton and red on shoe-soles.

Light reddish-yellow clay.

Provenance

By 1886: found on the estate of M. Aristide-Bey Baltazzi at Kalabassary (Myrina); 1887: purchased for MFA by Martin Brimmer; gift of Martin Brimmer to MFA, 1887

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Brimmer