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Circular palette or toilet tray, carved in yellow steatite with a carefully grooved rim, projecting moulded lip and a smooth underside. The interior is divided into two compartments by a double row of rocks. In the upper compartment is a representation of Aphrodite chastising Cupid (Eros). The goddess holds Cupid by the wings and prepares to strike him with her slipper. She wears bracelets and cross-straps (much worn) on her otherwise naked torso. Cupid is shown as a young boy, his hands tied behind his back and his head submissively bent. A goose, Aphrodite's attribute, pecks at his knee. Cupid's attendants stand on either side; one hides behind a pillar and the other, behind the goddess, holds a bird and raises his hand to his cheek in what seems to be gesture of surprise. The figure seated on the pillar is damaged but is clearly Harpokrates.
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Height: 12 centimetres
Width: 12.10 centimetres
Depth: 2.30 centimetres
- On display (G33/dc50a/s1)
- Exhibition history
1995 21 Dec-1996 21 May, Rome, Fondazione Memmo, Alexander the Great: History and Legend
1996 1 Oct-1997 31 Mar, USA, St. Petersburg, Florida International Museum, Alexander the Great: History and Legend
1997 4 Dec-1998 31 Jan, Greece, Thessaloniki, Kyvernion, Alexander the Great and the East
2003 5 Aug-5 Oct, Tokyo National Museum, 'Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan'
2003 18 Oct-21 Dec, Kobe, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, 'Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan'
2009 2 Oct-2010 21 Feb, Mannheim, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, 'Alexander der Grosse und die offnung der Welt'
2010 21 Mar-1 Nov, Leobon, Kunsthalle Museumcenter, 'Alexander der Grosse und die offnung der Welt'
2010 3 Dec-2011 3 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, 'Alejandro Magno: Encuentro con Oriente'
2015 -2016 16 Oct - 14 Feb, Hannover, Niedersächsischen Landesmuseum, Madonna
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