Figure of a Cupid - ROM2010_11646_12


Figure of a Cupid

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Roman Empire
Date: about 100-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
5.25 cm
Object number: 2006.82.2
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Richards
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: bronze sculpture

Figure of a seated Cupid holding a bunch of grapes. This piece probably belonged to a group of figures.

The Roman era witnessed a great increase in the making of small-scale bronze statuettes, compared to the lesser numbers produced during the (Greek) Hellenistic period. Roman bronzes were easily transportable, widely coveted, and carried to all corners of the Empire. Therefore, determining a bronze’s place of production can be difficult today. Statuettes in the Imperial West were used mainly as cult images in the household shrine, a lararium.

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