Part of a Marble Garland Sarcophagus with Eros

Culture: Roman
Period: 3rd century A.D.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 36 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 3259
Provenance: Private collection James Starkey, Beverley, Yorkshire, beginning of the 1980s. Thence Sotheby’s New York, 12 December 2014, lot 43. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Fragment of fine quality.
Description: Marble relief, which once was part of a garland sarcophagus from Asia Minor. Depicted is the nude, winged god Eros en face, on his shoulder a heavy garland with various fruits, amongst them pomegranates. His hair with thick side curls and a bun above the forehead. The eyes finely pierced with thick lids. For a similar garland sarcophagus see the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 90.12a, b. On the base a brass plate with the inscription “Roman I Century A.D“