Flying Eros Ephebe

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
190–180 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Aeolis, Myrina

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 044.


26.6 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Motif of flying nude Eros as an ephebe, or adolescent youth. He has a long history at Myrina. The full cheeks, squinting eyes, fine nose, and a small, full chin are believed to reflect the face of the Ptolemaic queen Berenike II. Some believe that he was intended to represent a hermaphrodite. Missing both wings, right arm, left fingers, both big toes, curls, penis. Several fragments have been re-attached. A few traces of slip and of flesh color. Hang-hole on the back indicates the figurine was once suspended.

Light-red clay.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Myrina; from the private collection of the late M. Baltazzi); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution