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Heavy Lead Figural Statue Depicting a Putto with Bird's Nest, Italy, circa 1880

$4,500

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Lead putto statue depicting an Italian curly haired young boy, with animal skin around his waist and draped over his forearm. He gazes closely at a nest with two baby birds that he holds gently in his right hand. He stands at 24.75" high on a square plinth base. The depiction of putti date back to the ancient classical world of Renaissance and Baroque art. Putti, also called armorini or cherubs are sometimes winged; often they are naked or semiclad. The putti derived from old world Roman and Greek art representing personification of Greek god of love Euros. Cupid was often represented as a putto. In the 14th and 15 century it was common for young children to keep tame pets such a birds. Ancient Egyptians considered birds winged souls. The goldfinch bird was often used in Madonna and Child art, to humanize Jesus. In "Madonna del Cardellino" or "Madonna and Goldfinch", a curly haired young John the baptize dressed in animal skins offers to young Jesus a bird. A goldfinch is often used to refer to Jesus, as a goldfinch eats thistles, the thistles represent Christ's thorn of thistles.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 24.75 in. (62.87 cm)Width: 7.5 in. (19.05 cm)Depth: 6.75 in. (17.15 cm)
  • Style
    Greco Roman (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. 49.5 pounds.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU922721767882

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