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