Patinated Bronze Figure of a Nile River God
Superb lost wax casting of a reclining Nile River God seated next to a sphinx figure with a cornucopia issuing from side and having sixteen small cherub figures at play perched on and around the seated god, all on a wave-cast rectangular base, C.1840, now supported on a later rectangular granite base with pad feet; figure measuring 11 1/2"long (29.25cm), 6 1/8"wide (15.55cm), 8" high (20.35cm). The original was probably excavated between S. Maria sopra Minerva and S. Stefano del Cacco, the site of the sanctuary of Isis and Serapis, in 1513. The original now resides in the Musei Vaticani (Braccio Nuovo) in Rome.
Inventory Number: 650.251 SOLD
Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 6 1/8 x 8
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