Early 19C French Utzschneider & Cie Sarreguemines Pitcher. PRESENTING a VERY RARE Early 19C French…
PRESENTING a LOVELY 19C White Marble Statue of Diana.
A keepsake from the Grand Tour.
From circa 1840. Probably Italian. Unmarked.
It depicts the Goddess ‘Diana’ with a lamb or goat and arrow quiver on her back. Dressed in a toga.
Lovely natural patina.
Diana (Classical Latin: [dɪˈaːna]) is a Roman goddess of the hunt, the Moon, and nature, associated with wild animals and woodland. She is equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, and absorbed much of Artemis’ mythology early in Roman history, including a birth on the island of Delos to parents Jupiter and Latona, and a twin brother, Apollo, though she had an independent origin in Italy.
Diana was known as the virgin goddess of childbirth and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, along with Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry. Oak groves and deer were especially sacred to her. Diana made up a triad with two other Roman deities; Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.
Diana is revered in modern Neopagan religions including Roman Neopaganism, Stregheria, and Wicca. From the medieval to the modern period, as folklore attached to her developed and was eventually adapted into neopagan religions, the mythology surrounding Diana grew to include a consort (Lucifer) and daughter (Aradia), figures sometimes recognized by modern traditions. In the ancient, medieval, and modern periods, Diana has been considered a triple deity, merged with a goddess of the moon (Luna/Selene) and the underworld (usually Hecate).
19C White Marble Statue of Diana
Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.
Condition: The lamb or goat has a repair to it’s hind leg and has evidence of historic repairs to 2 other legs.
Dimensions: 9″ Tall, 5″ Wide and base diameter of 3.5″