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Terracotta caricature of Eros as an old man

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Asia Minor, Smyrna
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.230.50
  • Description

    This caricature takes the conceit of depicting Eros as a sleeping baby and turns it on its head.
    Here, Eros is represented as ravaged by time, with nothing of the purity of love and innocence
    evident in the Metropolitan's bronze statue of him sleeping. Rather, it seems to be a comical commentary on love grown old—a curmudgeon with a huge phallus (now missing).

  • References

    Beazley, John D. 1986[1951]. The Development of Attic Black Figure, Sather Classical Lectures, Vol. 24, 2nd edn. University of California: University of California Press, p. 41, pl. 14.

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