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Figurine of Eros holding up a himation between his teeth

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Statuette of Eros flying. He wears a himation wrapped up all over his body and head reaching above the knees and drawn up over his mouth; he also wears a disk on his forehead. The holding of the himation between the teeth has been interpreted as a sign of silence and a funerary gesture. This...

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Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, East Greek, Hellenistic Period, 130–60 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Myrina, Aeolis, Asia Minor

Catalogue Raisonné

Burr, Terra-cottas from Myrina (MFA), no. 038.

Dimensions

Overall: 16.5 x 7 x 5.5 cm (6 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7685

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture