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An ivory figure of Prometheus, French, circa 1880
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An ivory figure of Prometheus, French, circa 1880
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An ivory figure of Prometheus, French, circa 1880

chained on a rock with two despairing nymphs, on turned ivory base


31.3cm, 12 3/8 in high overall
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Catalogue Note

Although mythologically incorrect, the inclusion of the two naked nymphs in this group, adds drama to the already horrifying story of Prometheus's torture. He had been punished by Zeus for stealing fire from the gods to give to mankind by being chained naked  to a rock to suffer the torment of an eagle pecking his liver.

For another example of the same group in ivory, see Christie's Amsterdam, 19 September 2007, lot 467.

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