A Greek marble head of Eros

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Lot 99
A Greek marble head of Eros

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 27,000 - 40,000

Antiquities

28 Nov 2019, 10:30 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A Greek marble head of Eros
Late Hellenistic Period, circa 1st Century B.C.
The cherubic child depicted with lidded almond-shaped eyes, small nose, and rounded chin, his small, full mouth slightly open, his hair arranged into a central plait running up to his crown, with luxuriant locks either side curling at the tips and falling onto his forehead, held in place by a fillet, 15.2cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, MA, acquired in Rome in the 1950s.
    with Phoenix Ancient Art, 2008 (cat. no. 1, no. 17).
    Private collection, Paris.

    The child wears a band in his hair, which may represent a ribbon or, perhaps, a metallic diadem. If the latter is correct, this could indicate that the head is in fact a portrait of a noble child, as the diadem in Hellenistic art was utilised as a signifier of those belonging to a princely family.
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