Incense bowl with erotes carrying garlands, torches, a wineskin, and an amphora

Late Imperial Period
about A.D. 300

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 483; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 125 (additional published references).


Height: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment

On the bowl, seasonal genii or Erotes in high relief. One pair of Erotes, flying left and right, hold ends of a floral chain between them, and torches in their other hands. Of the other pair, holding a similar garland, the figure on the left rests his elbow on a wineskin, and the right figure on an amphora. Below their bodies, the sea is symbolized by irregular oval indentations. The sloping rim of the bowl has an ovolo pattern in relief. Slight crack in foot. Dark green patina, with some encrustation. Lid missing.


By 1955: Dr. Jacob Hirsch Collection (said to be from Panticapaeum [Kertch] in Southern Russia); by 1957: with Adolph Hess AG., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland and William H. Schab, 602 Madison Avenue, New York 22 (Hess and Schab auction of Dr. Jacob Hirsch Collection, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, December 7, 1957, lot 63); by 1958: with W. H. Schab, 602 Madison Avenue, New York; gift of the Trustees of the Hirsch Estate in memory of Dr. Jacob Hirsch and partial purchase by MFA from the Trustees of the Hirsch Estate (through William H. Schab), September 18, 1958, for $ 150.00

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Dr. Jacob Hirsch by the Trustees of his Estate and Seth K. Sweetser Fund