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Winged Male Figure Daidalos or Ikaros (?)
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Winged Male Figure Daidalos or Ikaros (?)


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Description In an attempt to flee the island of Crete, the legendary inventor Daedalus fashioned wings of feathers and wax for himself and his son, Icarus. Disobeying the orders of his father, Icarus flew too close to the sun, which melted the wax, and he fell into the sea and drowned near an island named in his honor: Ikaria. The position of the figure's arms and wings suggest that Icarus is flying. The band on the upper right arm demonstrates how the wings are attached to his body.
Exhibitions
  • 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.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
5th century BCE (Classical)
Medium
solid cast bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1037
Measurements
1 1/4 x 1 3/8 x 3/8 in. (3.2 x 3.5 x 0.9 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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