Terracotta statuette of Eros seated and holding a duck
3rd century B.C.
Terracotta; mold-made and handmade
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The figurine is mold-made and hollow. The back is handmade, rounded, and pared. There is a round vent in the back at chest level.
Said to be from the Salt Lake near Larnaca, 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. XLIV.351, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 2302, p. 362, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Karageorghis, Vassos, Gloria Merker, and Joan R. Mertens. 2004. The Cesnola Collection: Terracottas. cat. 346, CD-ROM. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.