Magnificent and Large Roman bronze figurine of Cupid, mounted on custom base. Beautifully molded figure with shoulder-attached wings, garland in his hair and outstretched arms. Left arm holds a wreath of flowers and right hand raises a cup. Bronze is 6 1/2 " with total height 9 1/2 inches on custom base. Left leg is missing below the knee. Otherwise in excellent condition with beautiful patina. Roman 1st-3rd century CE. According to myth, Cupid was the son of Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, and Venus, the goddess of love. He often appeared as a winged infant carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows whose wounds inspired love or passion in his every victim. He was sometimes portrayed wearing armor like that of Mars, the god of war, perhaps to suggest ironic parallels between warfare and romance or to symbolize the invincibility of love. Although some literature portrayed Cupid as callous and careless, he was generally viewed as beneficent, on account of the happiness he imparted to couples both mortal and immortal. At the worst he was considered mischievous in his matchmaking, this mischief often directed by his mother, Venus. In one tale, her machinations backfired when she used Cupid in revenge on the mortal Psyche, only to have Cupid fall in love and succeed in making Psyche his immortal wife.
WIDTH: 4 in | HEIGHT: 6 in | DEPTH: 4 in
Shipping Estimate: $50 | FedEx
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CONDITION: Lower Left Leg Missing