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Terracotta pelike (jar)

Attributed to the Perth Group
Period:
Late Classical
Date:
ca. 350–300 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta; red-figure
Dimensions:
H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.162.273
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.
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1986. Vol. 3: Atherion-Eros. "Eros," p. 895, no. 519d, pl. 639, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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