An Offering to Hymen
Sir Alfred Gilbert, R. A. (1854-1934)
Bronze with rich brown patination on an ebonized wood socle
11 inches; (29 cm.)
According to Robert Bowman, this work "depicts a naked young girl making a scarifice to the god Hymen, the god of marriage and an attendant of Venus. The work was created during the same period as Gilbert's Kiss of Victory, and bth clearly show the influence of the Classical Greek theatre" (52).
Photograph and caption from Robert Bowman, Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture (2008)
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