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  • Portrait sculpture of a young boy. Roman H1448 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    forward and parted slightly to the left of centre His hair is finer at the front while the locks at the back of his head are more roughly reproduced The neck is relatively long which might suggest that the head was originally intended to form part of a statue The rougher reproduction of the hair at the back of the head might furthermore be a sign that this was a

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  • Relief with Polyphemos (obverse) and Pan (reverse). Roman H1483 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    H1483 Enlarge photo Download One side of this relief fragment represents the head of a Cyclops He is shown in three quarter profile with a half open mouth and long unruly hair and beard The Cyclops were legendary creatures from Greek mythology and they were characterised by having only a single eye in the middle of their foreheads The most famous of the Cyclops was Polyphemus and it is presumably he who is represented on this relief He appears in Homer s Odyssey where Odysseus comes to his island Polyphemus was a cannibal and imprisoned Odysseus and his men in order to eat them Meanwhile they plied Polyphemus with wine and blinded him with a burning stake when he collapsed as a result becoming intoxicated After this they escaped from the cave hidden beneath the stomachs of a flock of sheep On the other side of the relief we see the god of untamed nature Pan with a horn pointed ears and the glands of a goat The fragment is thought to derive from a decorative panel known as a pinax These panels were used as decorations in the gardens or courtyards of Roman villas where they were often mounted

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  • Ear-stud. Etruscan H1870 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    flower surrounded by wreaths of leaves and a circle of rosettes Miniature gold beads decorate the flower at the centre and also the outer circle of v shaped leaves The ear decoration was made using a filigree and granulation technique This technique employs thin gold threads and gold beads which as they were heated melted and became fixed to the surface in decorative patterns The ear decoration was one of

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H1870 (2015-09-25)
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  • Miniature portrait of a man. Roman H1951 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Thorvaldsen s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Miniature portrait of a man Roman 2nd century Silver 6 4 cm Inventory number H1951 Enlarge photo Download The small silver head represents a figure with curly hair and a full beard and with eyes looking upwards The curve of the neck and the modest engraving on the back of the head suggest that it derives from a bust that was originally placed in a circular frame So it is what is known as a tondo portrait which was presumably mounted in a flat silver dish One of the places where dishes with this kind of decoration are found is Boscoreale near Pompeii The silver head was long thought to be a portrait of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius AD 138 161 This interpretation was due to a certain similarity in facial features but there are nevertheless significant differences in the facial form and in the treatment of hair and beard The head is today thought to be a portrait of an unknown member of the Roman upper classes This silver head can stylistically be dated to the first half of the first century AD Til

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H1951 (2015-09-25)
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  • Statuette of a silenus. Etruscan H2008 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    erected member characterize the figure as a Silenus a creature from the retinue of the god of wine Dionysos The lower part of the statuette s legs is missing why it is uncertain how the figure was fixed There are however strong indications that it might have served as the top piece of a candelabrum or an incense burner Candelabra and incense burners were for instance used at banquets and

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H2008 (2015-09-25)
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  • Statuette of a boy wearing a mantle. Etruscan H2020 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    statuette represents a youth wrapped in a trimmed cloak that reaches almost down to his ankles The contours of his body can be sensed beneath the tight fitting cloak while his right hand is protruding at his chest In all probability this statuette served a decorative purpose as a top piece similar to the naked athlete at the top of the Etruscan bronze candelabrum in the collection of antiquities The

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H2020 (2015-09-25)
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  • Statuette of a couchant sphinx. Etruscan H2022 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Statuette of a couchant sphinx Etruscan c 530 BC Bronze 7 3 cm Inventory number H2022 Enlarge photo Download The head of a woman the wings and the body of a lion characterise this reclining bronze figure as a sphinx The hollows on the figure s underside suggest that it was once mounted on some object by means of pins and lead soldering This means that like so many of the other bronze figures in the collection of antiquities the sphinx once acted as a decorative element on furniture or some other household fitting The reclining sphinx is identical to a figure found in a princely tomb at Castel San Mariano close to the Italian city of Perugia Thorvaldsen s sphinx was most likely found on the same occasion There is much to suggest that both sphinxes originally decorated the same object a bronze brazier Many of the bronze figures from the excavations at Castel San Mariano may be products from the Etruscan city of Chiusi The reclining sphinx meanwhile is attributed to a group of fabulous beasts from a Chiusi inspired workshop in northern Etruria Til

    Original URL path: http://www.thorvaldsensmuseum.dk/en/collections/work/H2022 (2015-09-25)
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  • Statuette of Amor holding a mirror. Roman H2055 - Thorvaldsensmuseum
    Archives Crosscuts Thorvaldsen s works worldwide The Thorvaldsen Collection at Nysø Google Art Project CC0 Luk Statuette of Amor holding a mirror Roman 0 200 Bronze 9 8 cm Inventory number H2055 Enlarge photo Download The statuette represents the god of love Cupid standing erect on a pedestal In his right hand he is holding out a folding mirror to an unknown beholder Is it perhaps none other than Venus busy making herself look beautiful The small bronze Cupid might have constituted part of the decoration on a toilet case with a theme taken from Venus s universe In view of her role as goddess of beauty it would have been a suitable motif for an art antique beauty box In ancient times Cupid was a popular motif for decorating jug handles vessels oil lamps signet rings and all kinds of domestic utensils In Thorvaldsen s day there was a corresponding fascination with the god of love who appeared frequently as a motif in Thorvaldsen s own works Cupid with a mirror is one of the many Roman bronze statuettes in the collection of antiquities that can be dated to the 1st or 2nd centuries A D Til top Opening

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