Lot 454

Monumental Hellenistic terracotta fountain with Athena and Heracles
Height: 38.5 cm.
Width: 54 cm.
Greek/ Southern Italy, 2nd century B.C.

Terracotta front of a fountain with a very plastic relief with many details, showing Athena on the left, Heracles on the right and in the centre a boar's head, whose widely protruding mouth served as a gargoyle. Athena is wearing a feather-decorated helmet, under which her hair parted in the middle is visible. The smiling goddess with earrings and aigis, behind her left shoulder extends diagonally through the scene of the spear. Heracles, also with a smiling expression, wears the fur of the Nemean lion pulled over her head and tied up in front of her chest. His club rises diagonally over his right shoulder. Below it is the head of a wild boar with large ears, wide open eyes and a water-spouting mouth. The fur is reproduced in detail. An extremely rare architectural element of a fountain, probably from southern Italy. With TL-test. Intact.

Provenance:
Collection W. Rosenbaum, Ascona before 1984.
Afterwards in the Galleria Serodine, Ascona.
Acquired there on May 8, 1999 by a Swiss private collection. (1240074) (10)


Monumental Hellenistic terracotta fountain with Athena and Heracles

Height: 38.5 cm.
Width: 54 cm.
Greek/ Southern Italy, 2nd century BC.

Provenance:
W. Rosenbaum Collection, Ascona before 1984.
Then in the Gallery Serodine, Ascona.
Purchased there on 8 May 1999 from a private collection, Switzerland.