Greek Terracotta Figure of Winged Flying Eros

15171. Greek Terracotta Figure of Winged Flying Eros

Hellenistic, Boeotia, circa 3rd Century BC

of the Tanagra type, the naturalistic and energetic winged young deity shown flying with delicate open wings and holding a gilded alabastron in his right hand, his drapery folds held aloft in his left hand. The alabastron is an appropriate libation vessel and surely carries the funeral connotations as a grave offering. The popularity of children, especially Eros, in Hellenistic art led to a more accurate rendering of children’s bodies, as miniature adults with corpulent bodies.

Height: 4 in (10.2 cm) + custom lucite stand.
Provenance: Amy & Elliot Lawrence Collection, acquired from John J. Klejman, New York on September 10, 1957.

Compare with a similar example of an Eros holding a mirror at Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum #1920.44.106


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