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Bronze statuette of Eros sleeping

Period:
Late Hellenistic or Imperial
Date:
1st century B.C.–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Greek or Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.225.2
  • Description

    Reduced version of a Greek bronze statue of the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.
    During the Hellenistic period, bronzes came to be appreciated, collected, and displayed for their
    own sake. Ownership spread most widely in the private sphere, and new types and motifs were introduced to meet the demand. The largest number of sleeping Eros sculptures is known from the Roman Imperial period. Sleeping Eros had such wide appeal that it was reproduced in bronze, terracotta, and marble in many sizes and was marketed all over the ancient world.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. New York: Gilliss Press, no. 132, pp. 90-91.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 158, fig. 100.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 216, fig. 150.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 216, fig. 150.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 124, 263, pl. 103b.

    von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1978. Antichnoe iskusstvo iz muzeia Metropoliten, Soedinennye Shtaty Ameriki: Katalog vystavki. Moscow: Sovetskii Khudozhnik, no. 93.

    Nihon Hoso Kyokai. 2003. Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan. Tokyo: Nihon Hoso Kyokai, no. 64, p. 84.

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