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**Originally Listed At $250**

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A charming relief carving of Cupid (Eros) done on a wide, polished piece of ungulate bone. The cherub is seen striding forward, nude, holding something in his hand (probably part of his bow), against a background of raised dots. Cupid, the god of erotic love, desire, and attraction became portrayed as a chubby boy around the Hellenistic period (he was once a slender youth in Classical Greece). Here his chubby, childlike qualities are on full display. Size: 2.25" H (5.7 cm)

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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One leg has been reattached; the lower part of that leg is lost.

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Rare Roman Bone Carving of Cupid

Estimate $450 - $675Mar 26, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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