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Meleager Hunting the Boar

Pseudo-Melioli , Northern Italy
model early 16th century (possibly cast 17th century)
Copper alloy with dull brown patina; pierced at the top; remnants of solder on the reverse.
Diam. 9.1 cm, wt. 172.65 g.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
The plaquette depicts Meleager on horseback hunting the Calydonian Boar. Other versions are in the Bode Museum, Berlin, the Louvre, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the figure of Meleager has been derived from an antique sarcophagus relief. This work is an aftercast, possibly from the seventeenth century.
Henry Oppenheimer, London, by 1912; Oppenheimer sale, Christie's, London, 28 July 1936, lot 268 (as "very fine"; for pounds 12 to [John Hunt, London]). Acquired by Robert Lehman through Hunt from the Oppenheimer sale.
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