• Hearts of Oak auction at Christies

    Sale 5982

    Hearts of Oak

    2 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 114

    THREE CONTINENTAL OAK PANELS

    LATE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURY

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    THREE CONTINENTAL OAK PANELS
    LATE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURY
    Comprising: a panel in deep relief showing Perseus in a winged helmet, his raised hand lacking which would have held the head of Medusa, at his feet the body of Phineas and the bag to contain the head of Medusa; a panel of the Resurrection; and a panel of an Angel mask against a background of flowering tendrils
    The first 17½ x 11¼ in. (44 x 29 cm.) (3)


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    Carved panels of the late 16th and early 17th century are typically decorated with Biblical subject matter. The present panel is unusual as it draws inspiration from Greek mythology - namely the story of Perseus and Medusa. Here we see the moment where Phineas is turned to stone for looking at the head of the serpent-adorned Medusa.

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