Description The panther, based on an ancient model, was very popular as a small-scale bronze cor the collector. The lost ancient prototype was from a sculpture group in which a team of harnessed panthers drew the chariot of Bacchus, god of wine and revelry, on his triumphal progress through North Africa and east to India, spreading the knowledge of growing grapes for wine.
Provenance Emily Ridgway, Marquise de Ganay, Paris, before 1909, by purchase; Sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, May 8, 1922, no. 79; Jacques Seligmann, Paris, 1922, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922
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