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Terracotta figure of Eros.
Eros at a glass-furnace. Eros is naked and stands frontally, his right wing extended, the left possibly shown in a perfunctory way to the left of his head. He stands beside and partially in front of a tall tapering structure, perhaps built of bricks, as horizontal grooves may indicate. The structure has two arched openings, the lower one for serving the firingchamber, the upper one the pot-chamber where the glass was melted. Eros holds in his right hand a bowl or crucible, and, vertically in his left hand, a glass-working iron, a pontil or possible a blowing iron. The group is set on a plain flat-fronted plinth. The back is plain, with a circular vent.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous dark-brown Nile silt.
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Height: 13.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Terracotta IV
Comparanda. Compare the arrangement of a figure of a child below a sacred grotto: Fischer 1994: no. 672 = Vogt 1924: pl. v:2; Perdrizet 1921: no. 245, from Tuna el-Gebel, has Eros probably in front of a bread-oven.
Bibliog. Price 1988: 317–9; Vassilika 1992: 271, no. 49; Fischer 1994: no. 672; Cook 1995: 228; Price 2002: 84, fig. 3; Price 2005: 172, fig. 10.4.
- On display (G69/Balcony/dc7/shC)
- Exhibition history
2001, Marseille, Tout Feu Tout Sable
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- Greek and Roman
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