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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 151

    A PAIR OF GREEK TERRACOTTA FIGURES OF ZEUS AND GANYMEDE

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GREEK TERRACOTTA FIGURES OF ZEUS AND GANYMEDE
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.
    Antithetically arranged, each depicting Zeus in the form of an eagle carrying the youthful Ganymede, the eagle grasping the boy's back, with outstretched wings, each youth depicted nude but for a chlamys draped over the shoulders, with one arm raised and the other at his side, his head turned slightly, a foliate wreath in his hair, wearing bracelets and a beaded bandolier, preserving traces of color for their skin, pink on the chlamys and wreath, and yellow on the eagle
    14¼ in. (36.2 cm.) high, for the taller


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    Provenance

    with Mansour, London, 1970s.
    William Bowmore AO OBE (1909-2008), Australia; Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne, 24 November 2008.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN AUSTRALIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    R. Radford, The Fine Art of Giving, 90 Masterpieces from the William Bowmore Collection, Adelaide, 1999, p 5.


    Exhibited

    Adelaide, Art Gallery of South Australia, The Fine Art of Giving: 90 Masterpieces from the William Bowmore Collection, 2 November 1999 - 1 April 2000.