Although somewhat uncommon in shape, this is probably the base to hold a handle for a large situla. The bust of Eros projects boldly forward, with his head turned to his proper right. His hair mounded on top of his head, and enveloped in a heavy wreath of vine leaves and berries. A large vine leaf serves as the backdrop, the veins clearly indicated. His hands both hold and are contained within his cloak.
Circa 2nd-3rd century C.E.
Height 10.2 cm.
Dutch private collection; previously Belgian private collection; previously US private collection of Jonathan Friedman, New Jersey, 1960s.
Intact; a few minuscule dents, especially at the backside of the vine leaf, nut hardly visible to the naked eye; overall in excellent condition. Two small dots painted at the back side to indicate how to put the object on the stand. With a custom made mount.