A Roman marble panther
Lot 117*W
A Roman marble panther
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 21,184) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A Roman marble panther
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Depicted crouching on a branch, with large paws and muscular sinuous body, the head turned upwards, with open mouth showing its fangs and ears flat back against the head in a menacing pose, the eyes with recessed pupils, 19¼in (49cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    American private collection of an old founding family in San Francisco, acquired in the 1950s from the New York art market.


    Literature:
    This fragment was likely to be part of a larger group of a dancing satyr or Dionysus. Panthers are often associated with Dionysiac iconography since they were thought to be the animals drawing the god's chariot. A group of a drunken Dionysus leaning on a satyr with a panther is in the Ludovisi Collection at Palazzo Altemps, Rome, accession no. 8606.
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