ostracon ancient art



Greek Boeotian Dioscuros Figure, ex Ernst Pfuhl, around 450 BC

Reclining figure of one of the Dioscuri wearing a pointed cap with bulged rim. The right hand rests on the bent knee.

The figure is covered with a white slip and shows remains of pink color. The eyes rendered with additional color.

The celestial twins Castor and Pollux, the so-called Dioscuri, were regarded as the patrons of travellers and sailors. They were also associated with horsemanship and considered to be supportive in critical situations.

Made of two halves with plenty of fingerprints on the inside.

Figure fragment. Interesting piece with excellent provenance.

H. 8.2 cm (3.2 in)

Ex collection of Ernst Pfuhl (1876-1940), Basel, renowned classical archaeologist and art historian.

Thence Galerie Fischer Luzern, May 1941 sale, part of lot 234 (with copy of the catalogue entry).

Auction house owner Theodor Fischer gifts the piece to a friend in July 1941 (copy of the accompanying note and list of objects joined).

Sold 480 USD

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