Carved Vicenza Triton Sea Centaur Sculpture or Fountain Element from Italy

$8,600.00

Carved Vicenza Triton Sea Centaur Sculpture or Fountain Element from Italy

$8,600.00

Description

Hand-carved in Italy, this amazing limestone sculpture depicts Triton riding a seahorse. The sculpture sits on a rectangular plinth that is 2 ¾ inches thick (all carved from the same block of stone). The sides and top of the base have been patterned with undulating linear carvings.

Triton was a minor god in Greek mythology, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Poseidon was one of the 12 Olympian gods and ruler of the sea. In artwork, Triton is almost always portrayed as a merman, with the upper body of a man and the tail of a fish. Here, Triton has a tail for each leg as he straddles a thickly maned seahorse. The animal’s scaled tail is curled into a ball behind the demigod.

In Triton’s right hand is a small conch shell that is pressed to his lips. His head is titled back, exposing pointed ears that extend well past his lush hair and full beard. Triton is often portrayed with a shell in hand, as he was a trumpeter who heralded the arrival of his father. Triton could also use the shell to calm or enrage the waters.

The statue has been hollowed out all the way from the shell to the base of the piece, allowing this Triton to be used as a fountain element.

CONDITION: Good condition with intentional nicks and rubs to mimic antiquity. Minor losses to the base. The sculpture has developed a dotted patina with traces of lichen and moss. Stone is a natural material that can become darker or lighter from the elements. Small nicks.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

Age

2000's

Dimensions

H - 42 1/4, W - 15 7/8, D - 36

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Description

Hand-carved in Italy, this amazing limestone sculpture depicts Triton riding a seahorse. The sculpture sits on a rectangular plinth that is 2 ¾ inches thick (all carved from the same block of stone). The sides and top of the base have been patterned with undulating linear carvings.

Triton was a minor god in Greek mythology, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Poseidon was one of the 12 Olympian gods and ruler of the sea. In artwork, Triton is almost always portrayed as a merman, with the upper body of a man and the tail of a fish. Here, Triton has a tail for each leg as he straddles a thickly maned seahorse. The animal’s scaled tail is curled into a ball behind the demigod.

In Triton’s right hand is a small conch shell that is pressed to his lips. His head is titled back, exposing pointed ears that extend well past his lush hair and full beard. Triton is often portrayed with a shell in hand, as he was a trumpeter who heralded the arrival of his father. Triton could also use the shell to calm or enrage the waters.

The statue has been hollowed out all the way from the shell to the base of the piece, allowing this Triton to be used as a fountain element.

CONDITION: Good condition with intentional nicks and rubs to mimic antiquity. Minor losses to the base. The sculpture has developed a dotted patina with traces of lichen and moss. Stone is a natural material that can become darker or lighter from the elements. Small nicks.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

Italy

Age

2000's

Dimensions

H - 42 1/4, W - 15 7/8, D - 36

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