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Sucellus


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Description Sucellus (possibly meaning "The Good Striker") was a major Gaulish deity associated with the underworld, whose attributes include his wolf-skin garment, a mallet or hammer (now missing from his upraised hand), and a small jar called an "olla." This statuette is the earliest and finest of any known Sucellus image. The portrayal is reminiscent of Classical Greek style, and he resembles the Greek hero Heracles. Behind him, like a symbol of worship, appears an oversized mallet with five smaller mallets radiating from it. The statuette was excavated along with three other statuettes (a second Sucellus and two statuettes of Mercury) as well as a bronze panther, a group of lamps, and numerous metal implements in the city center of Vienne (Roman Vienna), Isere, France.
Exhibitions
  • Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
Provenance [Excavated in Vienne, France, 1866]; Wills Collection Sale, 1894; John Edward Taylor, 1894, by purchase; John Edward Taylor Collection sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, July 1912, no. 364 [illus.]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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Period
1st-2nd century CE (Roman Imperial)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.998
Measurements
Overall H: 16 5/8 × W: 7 1/8 × D: 5 1/2 in. (42.2 × 18.1 × 13.9 cm); H of figure and base: 12 5/8 × W: 6 5/16 × D: 5 11/16 in. (32 × 16 × 14.5 cm); H of mallet: 13 9/16 × 7 1/8 × 2 3/8 in. (34.5 × 18.1 × 6 cm)
Geography
  • France, Vienne (Place of Discovery)

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