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A ROMAN MARBLE GROUP OF EROS ON A DOLPHIN, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

3,500

to
- 4,500 GBP

A ROMAN MARBLE GROUP OF EROS ON A DOLPHIN, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE GROUP OF EROS ON A DOLPHIN, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Estimate:

3,500

to
- 4,500 GBP

Lot sold:

7,500

GBP

A ROMAN MARBLE GROUP OF EROS ON A DOLPHIN, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.


the winged god reclining merrily on the dolphin, hugging its dorsal fin, and grasping its tail, the dolphin resting on a base and baring its teeth; mouth and underside of dolphin drilled in antiquity for use as a waterspout.

Height 18.4 cm.


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No restorations, as shown, with minor chips and abrasions overall.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

In antiquity, Eros is often represented riding a dolphin, a reference to his mother Venus being born from the sea off the island of Paphos. The group was frequently used by Roman sculptors as a support for marble statues of Venus (e.g., a statue sold at Sotheby's, New York, June 6th, 2006, lot 23, now reunited with her head at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia: http://carlos.emory.edu/content/statue-venus).