Fragment of a wall painting depicting a flying Eros or Cupid
Early Fourth Style, ca. 50 CE
H: 54.5; W: 60.5 cm
Gift of Dr. Eli Borowski, Jerusalem, in memory of his son, Zeev Reuven
Accession number: 73.21.54
This fragment comes from a bedroom from a magnificently decorated villa at Boscotrecase, a suburb of Pompeii, probably excavated at the turn of the century. Eros/Cupid carries the club of Hercules, symbolizing the power of love to disarm even the strongest.
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir