148. A Bronze Figure of Eros

Greco-Bactria, 3rd–2nd century BC
Size: 3 cm high

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This miniature masterpiece of winged Eros playing a ‘guitar’, originally the head of a pin, is an exquisite remnant of the refined Hellenistic culture in the East. The subject-matter is beguiling, its detail is meticulous, and the poise of its pose is marvellously composed.