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Figure of Eros

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3911, Figure of Eros, Hellenistic Period; 3rd - 2nd century BC

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Asia Minor Myrina
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 19 x 17.5 x 5.5 cm

Terracotta figure of a youthful Eros, with right leg forward.  This figure wears a cap and chlamys, which is drawn up to reveal genitals.

The god wears a pilos, which was a conical travelling hat made of felt or leather, as well as a chlamys which is wrapped around his upper body to reveal his genitals. His curly hair protrudes from the pilos. Boots were painted on his feet. His legs were once bright orange, as were his face and chest. His robe is blue and white.

The figurines were recovered from tombs. The tombs' contents could also include small bronze coins for Charon's fare, plates and bottles for the dead person's food and drink, mirrors, needles, lamps and other objects of daily use. Charon is the ferryman of the Underworld who takes the newly deceased across the river Acheron, a tributary of the river Styx which surrounds the Underworld. A coin was often placed in the mouth of the dead person, or in their tomb. Those who could not pay Charon's fee were condemned to wander the river's shores.

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