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Lot 60: Roman Eros Statuette
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st century AD. A bronze figurine of Cupid (Eros) standing nude on the right foot, left leg extended to the rear, wings to the back, left hand hollow to accept a bow and arm extended, right arm bent; cotton-reel base hollow to the underside. Cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, item 112. 225 grams, 12cm (4 3/4"). From a private collection; formed 1965-1975. The base that this figure of Cupid stands on identifies it as a statuette to be housed in a lararium, or household shrine. The majority of homes, shops and businesses had a shrine dedicated to the deities that were favoured by the owner. These could be either painted onto walls, set into a niche or be free standing shrines made of wood or stone and resembling small temples. They are usually found near the entrance to a building so as to allow someone entering to offer their prayers. A range of deities could be housed in the lararium, from the Classical gods of Olympus, to the more exotic gods of the eastern mystery cults, such as Isis and Cybele, to portraits of deceased ancestors.
Condition Report: Very fine condition; repaired.