cf. A. Shayo, Chiparus Master of Art Deco, New York, 1999, p. 51 for the plasteline model, p. 118, pl. 150.
B. Catley, Art Deco and other figures, Antique Collector's Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1978, p. 98.
Semiramis was a legendary figure generally associated with beauty and lust--leitmotifs often found in theatrical productions of the 1920s. Sometimes called the Queen of Babylon, according to one legend, Semiramis was a Syrian noble, who lusted after the beautiful King Ara of Armenia. He rejected her advances and she subsequently led an army against him and he was killed in battle. In The Divine Comedy, Dante condemned Semiramis to the second circle of Hell, reserved for the lustful, and Voltaire depicted her as a similarly predatory woman.