Reclining figure of one of the
Dioscuri wearing a pointed cap with bulged rim. The right hand rests on the bent
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
Auction house owner Theodor Fischer gifts the piece to a friend in July 1941
(copy of the accompanying note and list of objects joined).
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