Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Intaglio depicting Eros holding a bow and arrow
Roman, Early Imperial period, ca. 100 BCE
Lapis lazuli
H: 1.6; W: 1.1 cm
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.42.2465
Eros was a primeval deity who embodied the force of erotic love and the creative urge of ever-flowing nature, responsible for the coming into being and ordering of all things in the cosmos. As the son of Aphrodite and Ares, he also harnessed this primordial force and directed it toward mortals. In art, Eros was usually depicted as a young man or a nude winged child with bow and arrows.

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