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Terracotta statuette of Eros flying

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 200–150 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Asia Minor, Myrina
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H.: 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of Waters S. Davis, 1928
Accession Number:
28.55
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
Eros wears a thick wreath and a skimpy chlamys (cloak) and is portrayed as a winged adolescent youth, a type that had a long history at Myrina beginning in the late third century B.C. The style of this finely executed terracotta likely reflects influence from the Pergamene school of sculpture, which flourished in the first half of the second century B.C. at the nearby city of Pergamon, seat of the kingdom ruled by the Attalid Dynasty.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928–1929. "Were the Nude Parts in Greek Marble Sculpture Painted?." Metropolitan Museum Studies, 1(1): p. 26.

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

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 242, pp. 208, 452, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2016. "The Collection of Greek Terracotta Figurines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Les Carnets de l’ACoSt, 14: pp. 6–7, n. 34 [p.8], fig. 10.

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