Bronze statuette of Eros sleeping

Greek or Roman

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164

Reduced version of a Greek bronze statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.

During the Hellenistic period, bronzes came to be appreciated, collected, and displayed for their own sake. Ownership spread most widely in the private sphere, and new types and motifs were introduced to meet the demand. The sleeping Eros had such wide appeal that it was reproduced in bronze, terracotta, and marble in many sizes and was marketed all over the Greek world.

Bronze statuette of Eros sleeping, Bronze, Greek or Roman

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