The statue depicts the god with long hair and wings. He is nude, his chest crossed by the strap of the quiver hung over his shoulder. The piece belongs to a popular type that may have originated in one of Praxiteles’s famous statues. It represents the two-faced deity with light-hearted playfulness. Although Eros is a child, he is mightier than all the other deities: he can even make Zeus and Aphrodite fall in love, should he hit them with his arrow. The right hand of the statue held an arrow, the left a bow – Eros is about to pick his next victim.
Marble analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the statue was made of Pentelic marble. Click here for the detailed results.