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Figure of Eros

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3903, Figure of Eros, Hellenistic Period; 3rd - 2nd century B.C.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Asia Minor Myrina
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.2 x 6.8 cm

Figure of a youthful Eros, flying. The figure wears a fillet, chlamys and fluted boots.

This decorative figure wears a hair band or fillet, a chlamys and ornate fluted boots. A band crosses his chest, perhaps for carrying amulets. His curly hair is girded by a fillet on which leaves are arranged. His right arm is raised, his left arm and both feet are missing. The chlamys, a robe worn by men, was pinned on one shoulder. His wings are blue, as is the border of his chlamys.

These terracotta figures were buried with the dead. Many were broken, not by the excavators, but by those who placed them in the graves as a ritual of desanctification and to prevent their reuse.

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