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Winged Hypnos
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Winged Hypnos

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Description Hypnos, the Greek personification of Sleep and son of Nyx (Night), appears as a winged child or youth; he closely resembles his twin brother Thanatos (Death) as well as Eros. His attributes can include a horn containing sleep-inducing liquids or poppy seeds to bring slumber to gods and mortals. Here, he is holding a cup, possibly containing water from the Lethe, one of the rivers in the underworld. Drinking water from this "river of oblivion" causes forgetfulness.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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4th-3rd century BCE
Accession Number
5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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