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Sappho

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The subject of this sculpture, Sappho of Lesbos, the sixth-century-B.C. Greek poet, was a virtual Rohrschach test for nineteenth-century intellectuals, who often interpreted what little is actually known of her life and work to reflect their own predilections. For example, one journal stated in...

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Provenance

William Stirling Crawford, Scotland; Castle Hill Antiques, Edinburgh, Scotland; Arnette Antique Galleries, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

1863

Object Place

Rome, Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 137.5 x 85.1 x 84.1 cm, 952.55 kg (54 1/8 x 33 1/2 x 33 1/8 in., 2100 lb.) Block (White marble base (recessed into the wooden skirt)): 7.3 x 86 x 85.1 cm (2 7/8 x 33 7/8 x 33 1/2 in.) Overall: 94 cm (37 in.) Mount (Rolling steel base - 3/4" thick painted wooden skirts): 39.7 x 116.2 x 117.2 cm (15 5/8 x 45 3/4 x 46 1/8 in.) Other (Four steel Rollers rear locking single wheels): 14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1977.772

Medium or Technique

Marble

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture