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Group of Ephedrismos

Location

ITALY, TARANTO

Era

Hellenistic Period (323-31 B.C.E.)

Title

Group of Ephedrismos

Date

1st half of 2nd c. B.C.E.

Materials

Earthenware, pigments

Dimensions

34.5 x 14 x 10.5 cm

Credits

Purchase, gift of Gerald Benjamin in honour of his wife Cynthia, inv. 2003.66

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This figurine represents an ephedrismos scene, a popular childhood game. Ephedrismos was a mixture of lawn bowling and piggybacking rolled into one. This figurine depicts the moment where the girl has failed to overturn the larger stone with her pebble and must carry the winner on their back. In this rendition, the winner of the game is Eros, the god of love. Eros’ presence in this common scene, could signify marriage and the girl’s possible betrothal.

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