Christie's, London, 28 November 1979, lot 14 Sotheby's, London, 10 December 1996, lot 13 (part lot) Nico F. Bijnsdorp Collection, acquired from the above
Jars of this shape are a common type among Cypriot finds and usually had lids, often painted on the underside (S. B. Matheson, Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale, 1980, p. 99, no. 264). Matheson notes that 'the frequency of Eros as the subject suggests these were jars for cosmetics'. there are several related jars in the Cesnola Collection: see for example Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. nos. 74.51.240; 74.51.238; 74.51.251.