A fine antique early 19th century Grand Tour classical carved marble bust of Hebe after Canova. Exceptional quality and detail, Italy c. 1820. Measures 22.5" tall including rosewood socle base. Good overall condition - the neck has old restoration that is well done and does not detract. Perfect for the library or study.
In Greek mythology Hēbē (Greek: Ἥβη) is the goddess of youth (Roman equivalent: Juventas). She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hebe was the cup bearer for the gods of Mount Olympus, serving their nectar and ambrosia, until she was married to Heracles (Roman equivalent: Hercules). Hebe's successor was Zeus's lover Ganymede. She also drew baths for Ares and helped Hera enter her chariot.