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Terracotta statuette of Eros flying

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Asia Minor
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H.: 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.139.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
While there are sporadic representations of Eros as a baby from the Classical period, the pudgy, winged baby Eros type seen here began in the Hellenistic period. The type was adapted by Roman artists for Cupid and much later in the Renaissance for Putti. This unusually large terracotta still retains considerable traces of its original paint.
M.E.P. 1923. "Greek Terracottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 18(9): p. 214, fig. 4.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 217-18, fig. 152, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 217-18, fig. 152, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Art Gallery of Toronto. 1948. The Classical Contribution to Western Civilization: A Loan Exhibition Organized and Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to the Art Gallery of Toronto. p. 6, Toronto: Rous & Mann.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 128, 268, pl. 108b, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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