Coins, Tokens, Historical Medals and Antiquities (2 & 3 June 2021)

Date of Auction: 2nd & 3rd June 2021

Sold for £300

Estimate: £140 - £180

Roman, bronze Cupid (Eros), 1st-2nd cent. AD, 7.5cm x 7.5cm, young winged boy nude with arms outstretched, left hand held up in playful gesture, being cradled in the right arm of Venus, prominent knot of hair above his forehead with curls of hair either side, arm of Venus socketed for attachment, a rectangular opening for securement in the chest of Cupid. About very fine condition, red/brown patina £140-£180

Footnote

Provenance: P. Dawson Collection.

This representation of Cupid with Venus is quite unusual in being cradled against her body