Ancient Rome, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A bronze cast attachment depicting a bust of an Amazon woman, perhaps the legendary Amazon Queen Penthesilea who partipated in the Trojan War or her sister Hippolyta, famous for owning the magical girdle that Ares, God of War, gave to her. The sculptor masterfully delineated the locks of her wavy coiffure and the folds of her cloak tied across her chest but revealing her right breast. A striking piece with gorgeous green patina. Custom stand. Size: 3.5" H (8.9 cm); 4.5" H (11.4 cm) on stand
The Amazons were a race of female warriors who played prominent roles in various Greek myths and lived in the area that is now the Ukraine. In one myth they attacked the Lycia region but were fended off by Bellerophon. Following this they later attacked Phrygia, but were defeated once again by an army led by Priam who later became king of Troy. During the Trojan War, under the leadership of Queen Penthesilea, the Amazons assisted Priam in defending his city. In one battle, Achilles killed Penthesilea. Throughout the Roman Empire, the Amazons became associated with many historical individuals and several accounts discuss Amazon raids in Anatolia.
The sexuality of the Amazons is a source of much interest, as no men were allowed to live with them; however, once a year, the Amazons would visit the nearby Gargareans tribe in order to mate and continue their race. They purportedly kept all the female babies but the males were either killed, sent to their fathers, or abandoned in the forest to succumb to the harsh elements of nature.
Condition: Tiny, near invisible, perforation on back coiffure. Else intact and excellent. Old inventory label on underside of base.
Provenance: Ex-private D. Meyerson collection, San Francisco, CA
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