CA0636 Rare Early Empire Period Bronze Amazonomachy
Interesting, rare and fine quality pair of early 19th Century patinated bronzes depicting an Amazonomachy (Amazon battle) scene between the Amazonians and Greeks. Probably based on the fragmentary figures from the West Pediment of the Temple of Aesculapius at Epidaurus and now in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The pediment features the mounted Amazon Queen Penthesilea fighting Machaon, son of Asklepios. Similar fighting figures can also be seen on the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in the British Museum and a stunning Hellenistic sarcophagus in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The fallen Greek warrior figure is sometimes seen paired with a bronze of Achilles. Mounted on later Griotte Rouge de Belgique marble block bases. France, early 19th Century Empire period.
Greek Warrior: H 24.5cm x W 30cm x D 14.25cm
Amazon Queen: H 40cm x W 38cm x D 17cm