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Terracotta statue of Eros holding a swan

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.1596
Not on view
The figurine is mold-made and hollow. The back is handmade and flattened. There is an oval vent at the back at the level of the abdomen. The wings are mostly missing; the lower edge is chipped. Eros sits on a rocky base.
From Cyprus Said to be from the temple of Artemis Paralia at Kition, Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1894. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 2. pl. XLVI.363, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2303, p. 362, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sjöqvist, Erik. 1955. "A Cypriote Temple Attendant." American Journal of Archaeology, 59: no. D19, pp. 46–7.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 448, p. 277, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2016. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Terracottas. no. 345, pp. 206, 263, Online Publication, [CD-Rom 2004], New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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