Seller: aphrodite.antiquities (1,073) 100%, Location: Brooklyn, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 190522813378 Culture- Roman. Date- 1st - 2nd Century AD. Material- Marble. Condition- Intact. Provenance- Ex. American private collection from the 1960's. Measurements- 19 inches high. (48.2 cm.) The erotes are a group of winged gods and demi-gods from Classical mythology, associated with love and sex, and part of Aphrodite's retinue. The collective term ἔρωτες - erotes is simply the plural of ἔρως - eros, or "desire". Stories of the erotes' mischief or pranks were popular in Hellenistic culture. The figures were common motifs in classical art, often symbolizing various aspects of love. Other depictions include individual erotes as characters, particularly the offspring of Ares and Aphrodite: Eros, Anteros, Himeros and Pothos. The individual erotes are sometimes linked to particular aspects of love, such as unrequited love. Originally, Eros was the primordial god of lust, beauty, love, and intercourse; he was also worshipped as a fertility deity. His Roman counterpart was Cupid (desire), also known as Amor, (love). In later myths, he was the son of the deities Aphrodite and Ares: it is the Eros of these later myths who is one of the erotes. Eros was associated with athleticism, with statues erected in gymnasia. Eros was depicted as often carrying a lyre or bow and arrow. He was also depicted accompanied by dolphins, flutes, roosters, roses, and torches. This is a particularly striking, elegant piece. Cf: For a similar example, but smaller, see lot # 358, Christie's New York Antiquities auction, 9 December 1999. This object is unconditionally guaranteed authentic. It has been legally imported to the U.S., and is legal to sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14. A note to our international buyers: Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. At times there may be delays at Customs depending on the country we ship to. Please note that delays at Customs abroad are beyond our control. We ask you to be patient and to allow additional time for your shipment to clear. Kindly note these points regarding the item you are buying: 1- This item is guaranteed authentic. 2- The images, size, and condition in this listing are accurate and for the actual object offered. 3- We ship within 1 day of receipt of payment. 4- Returns are allowed within one week from date of receipt for full refund less shipping charges. Buyer pays for return charges. About Us We are among the top world-wide online ancient art sellers with a physical gallery location in New York City on Museum Mile. We have extensive experience in buying and selling antiquities. When acquiring antiquities, we tend to buy the finest objects and offer them at reasonable prices to our customers. We hand-pick every object and make sure it has great eye appeal as well as good upside investment potential. All objects we buy have been legally acquired, with clear titles, and if imported by us to the United States, has been done so in accordance with international laws concerning the trade in antiquities. Our buying sources are private collectors and major auction houses worldwide. Collecting antiquities can be fun, exciting, and quite rewarding, provided that you buy from the right dealer- one that you can trust and build a long lasting relationship with. All objects we sell are: 1- Unconditionally guaranteed authentic (A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany every item over $100). 2- Reasonably priced compared to others. 3- Professionally packed. 4- Shipped upon receipt of payment (1 day turnaround). 5- No hassle seven day return privilege for full refund, less shipping. Our commitment to you is: Offer sincere advice, friendly service, and great value for your money. Whether you have been collecting antiquities for a while or just starting, our publication, "How to Buy & Collect Ancient Art", can be of great help to you. It will provide you with valuable information and advice, and after all it is free! Kindly email us to request a copy. *Our vast inventory of ancient art includes one of the finest and most comprehensive ancient glass collections ever assembled; it includes nearly every variety of pre-Roman, Roman, and eastern Mediterranean ancient glass. Aside from those objects listed on eBay, we have many more ancient glass and antiquities in all categories and at all price levels. If you have any specific inquiries, please let us know.