Terracotta statuette of Eros and Psyche
Late Classical or Hellenistic
4th–3rd century B.C.
H. 4 9/16 in. (11.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906
The connection between Eros and Psyche can be traced back to the Classical philosopher Plato and
his ideas about the human soul as set forth in Phaedrus, where Psyche acquires wings thanks to Eros. The two mythological beings represent the perfect union of divine love and the human soul. Here, they are draped and wear wreaths that allude to their marriage.