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Statuette of sleeping Eros

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Sleeping baby Eros with his bow and quiver represented beneath him on the plinth. He uses his cloak for a pillow. A well known type in Roman imperial art that may be traced to a Hellenistic bronze prototype based on closely observed human toddler as a model; note the soft belly, fleshy thighs,...

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Provenance

April 29, 1890, lent by J. M. Lewis, Mukumvika, Congo River, S.W. Africa (loan no. 1426); 2009, presumed abandoned. (Accession Date: June 2, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of J. M. Lewis

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 199; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).

Dimensions

12 x 22 x 57 cm (4 3/4 x 8 11/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2522

Medium or Technique

Stone, Greek island marble?

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture