19th Century antique French bronze group after Simon-Louis Boizot, Paris, France (1743 – 1809) representing Boreas abducting Orithyia, circa 1810 – 1830 (cast), Circa 1786 (model).
Boreas, the north wind fell in love with Orithyia, the daughter of King Erechtheus. After first attempting and failing to woo Orithyia, Boreas does what seems more natural to him and takes her by force. She is carried away while playing in the Ilissos River and taken to Sarpedon's Rock near the Erginos River in Thrace. There she was wrapped in and cloud and raped.
Orithyia gave Boreas two daughter, Chione and Cleopatra and two winged sons Calais and Zetes. The sons joined the Argonauts in the quest for the Golden Fleece. Orithyia was made into the goddess of cold mountain winds.
Measures approximately 22.25" tallest x 10.5 diameter at base. Weights approximately 34+ pounds before packing. No restoration. Wear to dark patina (see photos). We cannot ship this item from our store via USPS and an outside shipper will be used. For a shipping quote you may contact Mark at Box Brokers, Tulsa, OK, 918.627.5545.
For an exact example of this sculpture, see The Wallace Collection Museum (West Gallery II), Hertford House, Manchester Square, London.
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