1940's Cleopatra by Herend

This early 1940's classic, by one of Hungary's premier porcelain works, is a study in artistry. The figure depicted is Cleopatra, the moment of her suicide by venomous asp; frozen in porcelain, just as recorded in history. As she falls to her knees,eyes closed, the serpent is coiled around her right forearm, and striking at her breast. Aside from the facial detail, the figure is an ashen grey, suggesting her imminent death with just enough fleshtone highlights to suggest that she yet lives. In contrast the snake is colored a vivid green pattern above with yellow beneath. From every angle; the flowing lines of her bent legs and her body as she succumbs to the poison and falls to her knees; the parallel of her arms, one upswept and one held low; the head held back in a final gesture of acceptance of what is to come; give a true feeling of life - swiftly passing - to this inanimate object. 9 3/4" tall. In perfect condition.


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