Description Although listed as No. 2, this version of the sculpture was actually Barye's third variant. It is distinguished by the larger and more threatening snake and by the tufted rather than flowing mane. This particular piece is a foundry model that was sand cast in four sections. It was then assembled using interlocking pins, ridges, and slots. The founder's mark, VP surmounted by a crown, is that of Victor Paillard.
- Metamorphoses in Nineteenth-Century Sculpture. Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge. 1975.
- The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890.
- The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
- 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 William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model: BARYE; [Founder's Mark] Stamped: VP [for Victor Paillard] (surmounted by crown); [Artisan's Mark] Incised: S; [Number] Painted in white on base: W 60.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters
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