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Box with Sleeping Eros

Date:
300–400
Culture:
Roman or Byzantine
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 9/16 x 9 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (9.1 x 25.1 x 9.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Eros, the god of love, sleeps on a lion's skin with his bow in hand. The sides of this box are decorated with playful putti holding garlands and bulls' heads, an ancient sign of fertility.
Said to have been found in Tartus, Syria; [ Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (sold 1944)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1944–sold 1947)]
Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 363, p. 82, pls. L, LI.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki: Iz sobraniĭ muze︠i︡a Metropoliten, Nʹ︠i︡u Ĭork i Khudozhestvennogo Instituta, Chikago. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 2, p. 10.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-prikladnoe iskusstvo ot pozdneĭ antichnosti do pozdneĭ gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 2, pp. 12-13.

Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 9.



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