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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