Fragment of sarcophagus lid with Eros riding a sea griffin

Imperial Period, Late Antonine to Severan
about A.D. 180–210

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 035.


Height x width: 15.5 x 27 cm (6 1/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Eros is shown in three-quarter profile, his left hand holds rein leading from griffin’s beak as he sits atop the griffin, steering him to the right.
Broken off from original behind the head of Eros, across his chest, under left arm and across griffin’s neck. Fillet moldings at top and right preserved, also start of back of mask at right corner.


By date unknown, with Jacques Schulman B. V., Keizersgracht 448, Amsterdam, List 225, May 1983, no. 73; by September, 1983: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, October 12, 1983

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule