Exhibitions/ Art Object

Terracotta statuette of Aphrodite and Eros

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.232.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 164
In Greek mythology, Eros is the son of the goddess Aphrodite and her lover Ares, god of war. Images of Aphrodite and the baby Eros together became popular in the Hellenistic period as never before, a trend that was also reflected in literature of the time.
Said to be from Taranto

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 128, 269, pl. 109a, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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