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A Roman Marble Torso of Eros, circa 2nd Century A.D.
probably from a group showing the young god subduing an opponent, poised with the weight on his right leg, his left leg formerly raised, and wearing a quiver on his back, the strap slung over his right shoulder and across his chest; Thasian coarse-grained marble, no restorations.
Height 65 cm.
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Provenance

Nicolas Koutoulakis 1910-1996), Galerie Segredakis, 4 Rue de l'Echelle, Paris
the architect and industrial designer Paul Mayen (1918-2000), New York, acquired from the above on March 6th, 1987
acquired from the above by the present owners

Catalogue Note

The dynamic pose of the god (original height 100 or 110 cm.) suggests that he was engaged in a victorious struggle with a lesser opponent; for a possible reconstruction of the composition see the warriors on the bronze reliefs from Siris in London: LIMC, vol. 1, p. 617, no. 478, pl. 498. His opponent could have been Pan, whom Eros defeated in a duel (see N. Marquardt, Pan in der hellenistischen und kaiserzeitlichen Plastik, 1995, pp. 124ff.).

An old handwritten label on the base reads "3630".

Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art

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