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Pan

European Art, 19th Century, Private Collection
24 x 19 x 41 cm9.4 x 7.5 x 16.1 in

This bust artfully displays the traditional standards used to represent the God Pan, the prototypes of which date back to the Hellenistic period of Greek art. The short ruffled locks of hair, the deep furrows on the brow, the highlighted and encircled eyes, the flat nose, the thick smiling lips, the large ears twisted into goat's horns are sculpted in marble with great delicacy, breathing life into a mocking but certainly not fearful figure. The bust also features leafy shoots, to remind us of the mythological character's close links to nature and the ever present flute, a metaphor of one of the God's more celebrated erotic adventures with his Nymphs.

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