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Large, Highly-Detailed Bronze Capitoline Wolf on Alabastro Fiorito Base

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10.75 inch tall bronze Capitoline Wolf on an extremely fine Alabastro Fiorito base c 1880 19th Century Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Rome, the Capitoline Wolf has a mysterious past. The Lupa herself is thought by many scholars to be Etruscan (a culture which reached its height in the 6th c BC). In style she is far earlier than the children, Romulus and Remus, who are clearly Baroque (16th - 18th c in Italy). Beyond that scholars disagree, and the dating varies and fluctuates among historians. This large and handsome beast is beautifully cast, conveying the details of both wolf and children so that the mysteries of its origin can easily be understood. The model's veracity extends even to the hole in the wolf's right rear leg, matching the hole on the original wolf. The wolf hair along the neck, back and tail is rendered linearly, as would be typical of sculpture over a millennium earlier than the style of Romulus and Remus. Rare at this large size and age, this wolf model is mounted on an even rarer stone, Alabastro Fiorito. A beautifullly figured alabaster, used here as an inch thick rectangular slab, enhances the high level of detail of the bronze.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    The hole in the right rear leg is not a defect, as we thought at first, but a deliberately cast detail which matches the antique Capitoline Wolf in the Capitoline Museum.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 10.75 in. x W 16 in. x D 6 in.H 27.31 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 15.24 cm
  • Seller Location
    Lafayette, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1143216638722
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