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Sleeping Faun

Artist:
Edward Clark Potter (1857–1923)
Date:
1887–89, cast 1919
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
11 x 38 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (27.9 x 97.2 x 44.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.127
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The faun, deity of the fields and herds, is often represented as half-goat and half-man or as a human with pointed ears, small horns, and a goat's tail. In Potter's interpretation, only the faun's ears and a pair of reed pipes indicate that the figure is not simply a pudgy young nude slumbering on a forest floor. As the boy dozes, an inquisitive rabbit nibbles on the leafy garland encircling his disheveled hair. Potter seldom ventured into such fanciful themes; he was highly skilled as a sculptor of animals and is best-known for the pair of lions that flank the Fifth Avenue entrance to the New York Public Library.
Signature: [top of base]: [cursive] E C Potter

Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: GORHAM Co. FOUNDERS.
Cast for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1919
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