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Figure of Eros

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3898, Figure of Eros, Hellenistic Period; 330 BC - 323 BC

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Asia Minor Myrina
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 13.5 x 11 x 5 cm

Figure of a youthful Eros,  flying forward wearing a hood and chlamys over head.  

The god wears a pilos, a conical travelling hat made of felt or leather, over which is draped a chlamys which he opens to reveal his genitals. The mantle has traces of orange and red paint.

The site of Myrina was discovered at the mouth of the river that was the ancient Pythicos. Between 1880-1882, excavations by the French School at Athens brought to light about four thousand tombs, dating from the last two centuries BC.

Winged figures, often of Eros, were a speciality of Myrina. While they might be included in a tomb, many were bought for the decoration of private homes.

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