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Python Swallowing a Doe (First Version)
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Python Swallowing a Doe (First Version)

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Description An enormous python has coiled itself around a helpless deer and prepares to swallow it. Barye became familiar with pythons in 1838, when a reptile house was opened at the Jardin des Plantes. Among its first inhabitants were two pythons from Java, Indonesia.
  • The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
  • Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. 2007-2008.
Provenance Sichel Sale, 1886; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1886, by purchase [George A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Stamped into model and cast through (creating raised bridge around letters): BARYE 1840; [Signature] Cold stamped in triplicate: BARYE; [Number] Cold stamped beside stamped signature: 2.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1886

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golden bronze with dark brown patina
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3 3/8 x 12 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. (8.6 x 30.8 x 11.4 cm)
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