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Glossy smooth light greenish / brown patina
2nd - 3rd Century
Size: 10cm high – 4 ins high
Purchased 1960 by a German Private collector
Thence by descent
Eros was paid special honour in the gymnasia where he was the personification of devoted friendship and love between youths and men. The Spartans and Cretans would sacrifice to Eros before a battle to strengthen the bonds of friendship, which was so helpful in battle and adventure. A sacred band of youths at Thebes were dedicated to him, and a festival of freedom was held annually at Samos in his honour recognising him as the god who bound men and youths together in the struggle for honour and freedom.