16 June 2006
A ROMAN BRONZE CUPID
CIRCA EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The plump figure depicted nude, striding forward with his right leg advanced, his left arm lowered and right arm raised, both hands once holding now-missing attributes, perhaps torches, a crescent-shaped pendant suspended from a cord around his neck, his long wavy hair tied in a top-knot with a braid running back over the crown of the head, his face framed by ringlets, his eyes articulated, his lips parted, two rectangular mortises on the reverse for insertion of now-missing wings, now mounted on an ancient socle
6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm.) high
European Private Collection, 1968.
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For a bronze boy in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, with similar hairstyle, facial features and plump anatomy see no. 72 in Kozloff and Mitten, et al., The Gods Delight, The Human Figure in Classical Bronze.
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