4 June 2008
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
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1985 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. IV, no. 148).
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For an antithetical example see fig. 612 in Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age.
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