Friday, July 19, 2013

Aphrodite and Eros at play

In this figure from Tanagra, Aphrodite is amusing Eros:
Figurine of Aphrodite Playing with Eros
Late 4th century BC
Terracotta; h 18.5
The Hermitage possesses a celebrated collection of Tanagra terracottas, figurines of fired clay. Tanagra sculptors were called coraplasters (in Greek, cora -a girl, plastein - to sculpt), as they were particularly drawn to representing women. This statuette, showing Aphrodite amusing Eros with a whipping top, is unique in the collection of Classical terracottas.

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