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OTHER PROPERTIES

A Roman Marble Figure of Eros Sleeping Standing Up, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D.
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OTHER PROPERTIES

A Roman Marble Figure of Eros Sleeping Standing Up, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Figure of Eros Sleeping Standing Up, circa 1st/2nd Century A.D.
resting on a fragmentary downturned torch cradled under his left arm, holding a wreath of flowers in his left hand, and clasping his left shoulder with his right hand, his chubby face with parted lips and closed eyes, his long hair arranged in a braid across the top of the head, his overlapping wings folded over the back; part of plinth,  right knee, and edge of left wing restored, nose and lower part of torch formerly restored.
Height 74 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, 18th Century or earlier (based on restoration techniques)Bernard Baruch Steinitz (1933-2012), Paris

Catalogue Note

The present figure belongs to a type preserved in several exact copies, including in the Vatican (G. Lippold, Die Skulpturen des Vaticanischen Museums, vol. III.2, 1956, p. 408, no. 2, pl. 172, and p. 444, no. 36, pl. 183), in the Museo Nazionale Romano (A. Giuliano, ed., Museo Nazionale Romano, vol. I.2, 1981, p. 293f., no. 14), and in Stockholm (Nationalmuseum inv. nos. Sk 33, Sk 34, and Sk 35). According to M. Söldner, Untersuchungen zu liegenden Eroten in der hellenistischen und römischen Kunst, 1986, p. 445, note 443, the type upon which all these copies are based is a Roman creation.

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