ROMAN FRAGMENTARY CHERUB

S O L D

Measurements: 3.3 cm - height

 

Description: A Roman fragment of terracotta from a much larger vessel, showing the profile head of a curly haired cherub with finely defined hair and features. This fragment belonged to a vessel made of red-gloss pottery or terra sigillata, one of the finest types of pottery of the ancient world, very thin and of high quality. It was considered an item of luxury and allowed high relief depictions such as this one. Little chubby boys as the one depicted are known as Erotes or putti were a frequent subject in Roman art. Usually shown in large groups in decorative arts, they were performing various tasks such as wine-making and jewellery crafting or simply dancing and playing. They are often depicted with wings and accompany Bacchus.

 

Period: 1st cent. AD

 

Condition: Fine. Mounted on a custom perspex stand.

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