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Fallen Caryatid Carrying an Urn

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Coubertin Foundry
Date:
modeled 1883, cast probably 1981
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 45-1/4 in. (114.9 cm.); W. 36-3/4 in. (93.3 cm.); D. 31-1/8 in. (79.1 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.56.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
The sculpture is a second variant of one of the figures that Rodin extracted from The Gates of Hell. Like the Fallen Caryatid Carrying a Stone, the Fallen Caryatid Carrying an Urn seems less weighted down by her burden than by some insupportable loss or nameless agony of soul. This variant was said to have been intended for funerary use. Although there is no evidence that is was in fact employed as a tomb sculpture, the substitution of an urn for the stone suggests that such might have been the sculptor's intention.
Signature: On the front of the base: A Rodin / No 3

Marking: On the rear of the base: within a rectangle, a flower flanked by the letters F and C (Coubertin Foundry); © by Musée Rodin
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor (until 1985; to MMA)
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