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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
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Tanagra

  • References

    Robinson, Edward. 1907. "New Greek and Roman Acquisitions: III Gems and Objects in Precious Metals." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2(7): p. 7.

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