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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 218

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA BUST OF EROS

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA BUST OF EROS
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
    The paunchy child god with his hair arranged in a central plait, curling wisps along his forehead, molded curls behind his ears, wearing a cloak pinned at his right shoulder and folded over his left forearm, his body twisted and the arms extended, looking down toward a now-missing attribute, perhaps a small bird, traces of pigment preserved throughout
    8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 6 December 1971, lot 104.
    Monsieur Francois Antonovich; Christie's, London, 5 October 2000, lot 80.


    Literature

    F. Antonovich, Les Métamorphoses divines d'Alexandre, Paris, 1996, pp. 60 and 335.