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Greek Hellenistic Marble Muse - Beautiful

In Exceptional Antiquities, Asian, Ethnographic

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Erie , Colorado
Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 2nd to 1st century BCE. An exceptional, finely carved marble Muse standing in contrapposto with her left knee slightly bent, as her weight shifts to her right leg, and draped in an elegant chiton and himation, the fabric folds skillfully delineated and cascading over her body. This idealistic representation displays the sculptor's inheritance of the Classical Greek tradition, demonstrating a continued Greek influence over Roman sculptors. Clearly, the technical skill of this sculptor was paramount. Indeed the artist who created this piece clearly possessed the expertise required to turn stone to fabric and flesh! Size: 14" H (35.6 cm); 15.375" H (39.1 cm) on included custom stand.

The sculptor's ability to capture the muse in contrapposto, implying a rhythmic sense of motion, as her weight is shifted onto her right leg and her left leg advances, conjures a quality of human vitality in this sculpture. Such calculated poses were inspired by the works of Polykleitos and became the model to which sculptors aspired in Graeco-Roman as well as later Western European art.

Sources of inspiration to poets, Muses were goddesses of music, song, and dance. In classical sculpture and vase painting, the Muses (Musai) were depicted as graceful young woman with various attributes such as musical instruments. Muses were also revered as goddesses of knowledge who possessed remarkable memory. In time, the muses were given specific names and assigned particular artistic realms: Kalliope (Calliope) for epic poetry; Kleio (Clio) for history; Ourania (Urania) for astronomy; Thaleia (Thalia) for comedy; Melpomene for tragedy; Polymnia (Polyhymnia) for religious hymns; Erato for erotic poetry; Euterpe for lyric poetry; and Terpsikhore (Terpsichore) for choral song and dance. Regardless of her identity, any Muse would have been proud to have such a stunning portrayal dedicated to her. A masterfully realized figure presenting a convincing naturalistic pose implying lifelike movement as well as exceptional modeling of her body and garment.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York and California, USA and Saba (Caribbean), 1970's

Condition: Normal surface wear commensurate with age. Figure is missing arms and head and shows abrasions to peripheries and high-pointed areas. Traces of black mineral deposits on the verso. Red patina in recesses due to exposure to iron-rich soil.

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

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#143422
Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 2nd to 1st century BCE. An exceptional, finely carved marble Muse standing in contrapposto with her left knee slightly bent, as her weight shifts to her right leg, and draped in an elegant chiton and himation, the fabric folds skillfully delineated and cascading over her body. This idealistic representation displays the sculptor's inheritance of the Classical Greek tradition, demonstrating a continued Greek influence over Roman sculptors. Clearly, the technical skill of this sculptor was paramount. Indeed the artist who created this piece clearly possessed the expertise required to turn stone to fabric and flesh! Size: 14" H (35.6 cm); 15.375" H (39.1 cm) on included custom stand.

The sculptor's ability to capture the muse in contrapposto, implying a rhythmic sense of motion, as her weight is shifted onto her right leg and her left leg advances, conjures a quality of human vitality in this sculpture. Such calculated poses were inspired by the works of Polykleitos and became the model to which sculptors aspired in Graeco-Roman as well as later Western European art.

Sources of inspiration to poets, Muses were goddesses of music, song, and dance. In classical sculpture and vase painting, the Muses (Musai) were depicted as graceful young woman with various attributes such as musical instruments. Muses were also revered as goddesses of knowledge who possessed remarkable memory. In time, the muses were given specific names and assigned particular artistic realms: Kalliope (Calliope) for epic poetry; Kleio (Clio) for history; Ourania (Urania) for astronomy; Thaleia (Thalia) for comedy; Melpomene for tragedy; Polymnia (Polyhymnia) for religious hymns; Erato for erotic poetry; Euterpe for lyric poetry; and Terpsikhore (Terpsichore) for choral song and dance. Regardless of her identity, any Muse would have been proud to have such a stunning portrayal dedicated to her. A masterfully realized figure presenting a convincing naturalistic pose implying lifelike movement as well as exceptional modeling of her body and garment.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York and California, USA and Saba (Caribbean), 1970's

Condition: Normal surface wear commensurate with age. Figure is missing arms and head and shows abrasions to peripheries and high-pointed areas. Traces of black mineral deposits on the verso. Red patina in recesses due to exposure to iron-rich soil.

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#143422

Exceptional Antiquities, Asian, Ethnographic

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Erie
Colorado
80516
United States

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Tags: Polykleitos, Sculpture