An altogether impressive and realistic pair of figure groups, perhaps based on the myths of the centaur Chiron, a teacher of Orpheus. The realistic detail is simply amazing. Dating probably to the late 19th century, this magnificent pair may show a young man’s education at the hands of the Greek Gods. From the male centaur with his powerful hands he learns the ways of authority, and we also see him entranced, mesmerized, by the siren song of the female centaur. Outer strength and inner promptings. They truly tell a fascinating story, with a monumental presence despite their small scale. Each group is approximately twelve inches long and eight inches tall. The male group is in excellent condition, and the female group has repairs to her right elbow and the attached drapery, plus the left front leg of the horse; half a leaf is missing.
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