Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta statuette of Eros and Psyche

Period:
Late Classical or Hellenistic
Date:
4th–3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Boeotian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 4 9/16 in. (11.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1062
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
Said to be from Tanagra

Robinson, Edward. 1907. "New Greek and Roman Acquisitions: I. Terracottas." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2(1): p. 7.

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