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Mascaron of a fountain Marble - Italy 16th century
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Ref : 98619
8 500 €
Period :
<= 16th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Marble
Dimensions :
l. 9.84 inch X H. 11.42 inch X P. 5.51 inch
Sculpture  - Mascaron of a fountain Marble - Italy 16th century <= 16th century - Mascaron of a fountain Marble - Italy 16th century Renaissance - Mascaron of a fountain Marble - Italy 16th century Antiquités - Mascaron of a fountain Marble - Italy 16th century
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Mascaron of a fountain Marble - Italy 16th century

A mascaron is an ornamental architectural element, which most often represents a mask or a human face, sometimes scary or even grotesque. In ancient times, the representation of faces had an apotropaic purpose: to chase away evil spirits and bad luck. It was therefore common to see masks on temples, tombs, or everyday objects. This practice has its origin in the myth of Medusa, whose head cut off by Perseus, adorns the aegis of Athena, offering the goddess protection and power. From the Quattrocento, especially thanks to excavations in Italy (the Baths of Caracalla by the Farnese, the Pantheon in Rome, Hadrian's villa ...), the ancient architectural forms are back in fashion. It was at the beginning of the 16th century that the decorative heads of antiquity found a place on buildings. Adorning bridges, palaces, bases of statues, some of these mascarons were affixed to fountains to spit out jets of water.
It is the case of our piece whose perforated mouth was to receive the copper pipe which carried the water. With a rounded base, decorated with shells and scales, the piece is decorated in its center with a male face with beard and hair in drops of water. Thanks to the aquatic vocabulary of the piece we can say that this face is that of a river god: a Potamos.
With its unusual subject, this charming piece gives off, by its chiseling and its condition, a certain elegance.

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