Description This expressive figure of a mournful siren playing the kithara, a musical instrument like a lyre, originally crowned a funerary monument. Sirens were mythical creatures that were part-woman, part-bird, who, while best known as temptresses, also used their powers of song to praise men of great fame, and thus appear frequently on funerary monuments of the 4th century BCE.
|10/04/1990||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|6/01/1995||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|4/03/1998||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
- The Odyssey and Ancient Art. Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 1991-1992.
- Ulisse: Il mito e la memoria (Ulysses: The Myth and Memory). Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. 1996.
- Ulysses, Myth and Memory. Haus der Kunst, Munich. 1999-2000.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
- Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
- Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
- Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife. Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades. 2018-2019.
Provenance Moise Emanuelides, Athens, 1923 [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, New York, 1923, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. P793]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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