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Leaning Muse, Probably Polyhymnia
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Leaning Muse, Probably Polyhymnia


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description The original statue on which this figure is based no longer survives, but it inspired numerous Hellenistic and Roman copies that were placed in public and private gardens. Statues of the Muses also adorned the great scholarly complex in Alexandria known as the Mouseion, "Place of the Muses," which has given us the modern word "museum."
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/11/1963Treatmentcleaned
9/21/1977Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
2/01/1988Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
Exhibitions
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Dr. B. and M. C. Collection Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 1910, no. 45, pl. 4; Madame Xav. Durighello Sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 12 June 1924, no. 15, pl. II; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York, 1927, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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Period
3rd-2nd century BCE (Hellenistic)
Medium
marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.90
Measurements
13 5/16 x 10 3/8 x 8 in. (33.8 x 26.4 x 20.3 cm)
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