Statuette of Eros and Psyche

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 015.

Dimensions

32.1 cm (12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7700

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Group of Eros and Psyche. They stand side by side and they are interlinked. There have two wings, one fitted to each figure’s outer shoulder. Eros stands on his right leg and has his left crossed in front of the other. He is nude apart from a drapery that is hanging over his back and his right leg. He wears sandals and a wreath over his curly hair. He has his right hand on Psyche’s left breast and his left around her. He looks away from her. Psyche wears a chiton and an himation, which she lifts with her left leg; she has her right arm around Eros’ shoulders. She also wears sandals on her feet and a stephane on her head; she looks at Eros. There used to be wings on Psyche’s back but the wing-holes are filed, that is reason wings were removed in 1994, since the wings weren’t part of the original composition.
Fingers of Eros are missing and the drapery below his right shoulder is also missing. Brownish-yellow on Eros’ body, cream on their faces, red on the hair and wreath. Pink on Psyche’s himation, yellow on her stephane.

Red clay.

Provenance

By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: from the Metaxas Coll. in Athens); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution