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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA LEDA AND THE SWAN

    BOEOTIA, CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA MID 4TH CENTURY B.C.

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    A GREEK TERRACOTTA LEDA AND THE SWAN
    BOEOTIA, CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA MID 4TH CENTURY B.C.
    Mold-made, depicted standing on an integral plinth, her right leg gently bent, wearing a long chiton, a loosely-draped himation and a pointed cap atop her wavy locks, holding a swan in her left arm and her himation in her right hand, preserving white slip and traces of red and blue pigment
    8 11/16 in. (22 cm.) high


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    The addition of the swan indicates that this female figure is meant to be Leda, the Queen of Sparta and mother of Helen of Troy, whom Zeus seduced in the form of a swan. For other examples of the type see nos. 877-878 in R.A. Higgins, Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    Acquired by the family of the current owner, Lausanne, 1960s-1970s; thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION