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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Perth Group
Late Classical
ca. 350–300 B.C.
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Terracotta; red-figure
H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the shoulder, obverse, kneeling Eros with mirror and aryballos (oil flask)
Reverse, head of a woman

Eros is probaby to be understood as the attendant of the woman, who would be Aphrodite or possibly Helen in a mythological context. Here, without an additional attribute, she may be an ordinary mortal. Her hair is in a kekryphalos, a kind of headband that leaves a ponytail at the back.
Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1986. Atherion-Eros, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 3. Eros, no. 519d, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

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