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Neptune

Artist:
Adam Lenckhart (1610–1661)
Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
Austrian
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 10-1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923
Accession Number:
24.80.91
Not on view
Neptune is shown calming the stormy sea, represented by the wild-eyed dolphin. The sea god's trident has been lost. Neptune's swirling hair and beard parallel the spiral of his stance; these features may owe a debt to Italian prototypes but may also have been determined by the form of the tusk. The anatomical precision of the musculature, body hair, and folds of flesh are marks of the northern carving tradition in which Lenckhart was first trained.
Signature: A
(On base behind right foot)
Mary Clark Thompson (until 1923; bequeathed to MMA)
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