The youthful winged god Eros is finely crafted in sheet gold, with chased and punched details. He is shown nude, with chestbands crossing his body composed from fine gold chains. He has a snake bracelet around his right ankle and is holding two attributes. There are two suspension loops behind his head.
Condition There is minor surface wear with cracking and denting, with some losses to the edges of the wings. There is some encrustation. In excellent condition.
With Merton Simpson, New York, 1970s With Galerie Nefer, Zurich, 1979 Swiss private collection
On Loan: Antikenmuseum Basel & Sammlung Ludwig, 1998 – 2022.
Rome, Chiostro del Bramante, Cleopatra. Roma e l’incantesimo dell’Egitto, 12 October 2013 – 2 February 2014.
Paris, Pinacothèque de Paris, Le Mythe Cléopâtre, 10 April 2014 – 7 September 2014.
Similar erotes can be found adorning Greek and Hellenistic jewellery: J. Odgen, D. Williams, Greek Gold, London, 1994, p. 251, no. 191. For further reading see E. Vernier, Bijoux et orfèvreries, 4 vol., CG 53172-53855, Le Caire, 1907-1927; B. Deppert-Lippitz, Griechischer Goldschmuck, Mainz, 1985, pp. 205-296.
Galerie Nefer, Zurich, Ancient Jewellery from the Classical World, Spring 1995, no. 74.
G. Gentili (ed.), Cleopatra. Roma e l’incantesimo dell’Egitto, Skira, Milano, 2013, no. 79, p. 156; p. 273.
M. Restellini (ed.), Le Mythe Cléopâtre, Pinacothèque de Paris, 2014, p. 181, no. 112.