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Fragment of a wall painting depicting a flying Eros or Cupid

Fragment of a wall painting depicting a flying Eros or Cupid

Fragment of a wall painting depicting a flying Eros or Cupid

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

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

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.

From the Israel Museum publications:

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by:
The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir