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Lot 0176
**Originally Listed At $650**

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A lovely cast-leaded-bronze plaque of a rectangular form with a plateaued top flange - presenting a childlike form of Cupid (Greek counterpart Eros), the winged Roman god of passion and romance, in relief, shown nude and facing left while kneeling in profile, and with arms extended out from the sides of his pudgy torso. Rounded shoulders taper inward to a lightly-grooved neck line above which is a bald head with petite eyes and chubby cheeks. A pair of plumed wings spread out behind the figure and give him a stylized angelic appearance. Cupid (Eros) is one of the most prevalent deities in the Roman Empire as an apotropaic symbol for warding off bad luck with love and fertility. Lustrous green and brown patina envelops the entire sculpture. Size: 2.125" W x 1.95" H (5.4 cm x 5 cm); 2.9" H (7.4 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private German collection, acquired before 1995

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Slight bending to overall form, with minor abrasions to obverse and verso, softening to some finer details, and light encrustations along verso, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits as well as fabulous green and brown patina throughout. Old inventory label on verso.

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Roman Leaded Bronze Plaque w/ Cupid (Eros)

Estimate $1,300 - $1,950Oct 17
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Louisville, CO, USA