Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avraham Hay
Fragment of a wall painting depicting a flying Eros or Cupid
Boscotrecase, Italy
Early Fourth Style, ca. 50 CE
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
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.

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