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Marble fragment of a relief with a flying Eros

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
A charming winged Eros carrying a parasol flies in the foreground on this small fragment from a decorative plaque. The space and the architectural setting behind him are suggested by varying adjustments of scale and depth of the relief. Such delicate and evocative scenes were popular subjects on ceilings decorated with stucco as well as on marble reliefs such as this one, which were set in the walls of Roman villas.
M.E.P. 1924. "Miscellaneous Greek and Roman Sculptures." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(10): pp. 240-1, fig. 1.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 121, 261, pl. 101c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 230, p. 114, pl. 149d, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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