Section of a sarcophagus: Erotes playing with a Silenos mask

Imperial Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 258.


16 x 26 cm (6 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone, marble from the Greek mainland (?)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

The bottom molding and part of the interior surface behind are preserved. What remains of the sculptured surfaces is surprisingly fresh and natural.
The broad strip of molding at the bottom indicates that this fragment comes from the lower front, near the center, of a sarcophagus showing Erotes (although the wings are not visible here) engaged in various Dionysiac frolics. The Eros on the left has donned a large mask of a Silenos, the older male followers of the god of wine, and has so frightened another chubby little love god that he has fallen over on his back, against the foot of yet another of his little confréres, who was moving off to the right.


By date unknown: Charles C. Perkins Colletion; 1876: gift of Charles C. Perkins to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins