An excellent classically inspired early 20th Century gilt bronze and hand carved ivory bust of Cupid, the God of Love, carrying a quiver full of arrows with intricate hand carved detail and colour. Raised on a marble base signed A Leonard and numbered.
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Height: 18 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with lightly worn colour
Materials: Gilt Bronze, Ivory & Marble
Although Cupid (Eros) appears in Classical Greek Art as a slender winged youth, during the Hellenistic period, he was increasingly portrayed as a chubby boy. During this time, his iconography acquired the bow and arrow that represent his source of power: a person, or even a deity, who is shot by Cupid’s arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire. In myths, Cupid is a minor character who serves mostly to set the plot in motion. He is a main character only in the tale of Cupid and Psyche, when wounded by his own weapons he experiences the ordeal of love. Although other extended stories are not told about him, his tradition is rich in poetic themes and visual scenarios.