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



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.


  • 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)
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  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. 49.5 pounds.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU922721767882

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