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Bronze of Narcissus with green patination

Code: LVS440

Dimensions:W: 16.5cm (6.5")H: 38cm (15")D: 16.5cm (6.5")


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A late 19th century / early 20th century bronze figure of Narcissus, after the Antique, with green patination.

He wears a wreath in his hair and carries a goat skin wine sack and stands on a circular base.

The original piece was discovered in 1862 in a house in Pompeii and was the last antique statue to be discovered in Italy. Many described it as probably the most beautiful bronze to be found in Pompeii.

Narcissus was a hunter and known for his beauty. He is said to have taken a drink of water from a pool and noticed his reflection in the water and fell in love with it. When he realised it was purely an image he died.

Provenance:

From the family of the British artist Edward Seago (1910-1974), owned by his brother, John.  

Bronze of Narcissus with green patination