A Roman Marble Figure of Eros
circa 1st Century B.C.
advancing with his right leg forward and bending over slightly, the left arm lowered, the right one held forward, his head turned to the right, his hair arranged in a central braid on the crown and falling in thick curls falling over the shoulders; no restorations.
Height 61 cm.
Much of original polish preserved.
Abrasions to front of top braid.
Scratches and minor chips overall, especially on belly and proper left front thigh.
Incrustation on proper right side of head in back.
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A replica was found in Aphrodisias: J. van Voorhis, The sculptor’s workshop, Aphrodisias, vol. 10, 2018, p. 83, no. 29, pl. 39. A related statue is in Copenhagen: M. Moltesen, Catalogue Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Imperial Rome, vol. 2, 2002, p. 340f., no. 116 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/8509). The figure was probably playing with a ball or wheel, like cupids on Roman sarcophagi: B. Andreae, ed., Bildkatalog der Skulpturen des Vatikanischen Museums, vol. I.3, 1994, pl. 830.
For an inspired portrait of Jens Jerichau by his wife Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann
For a photograph of Professor Claudius Wilkens in his study, with the present figure displayed in the fireplace, see Christie's, op.cit.