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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 219

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA EROS

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA EROS
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
    The paunchy child god depicted nude but for a mantle, partially preserved on his left shoulder and descending below, with a central plait across the crown of his head, cork-screw curls behind his ears, alighting on his straightened right leg, the left extended behind, his arms outstretched and bent at the elbows, his head turned to his left, the full face with dimpled chin, fleshy lips and lidded eyes
    17¾ in. (45.1 cm.) high


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    For an antithetical example see fig. 612 in Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age.

    Provenance

    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1985 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. IV, no. 148).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN UPSTATE NEW YORK COLLECTOR