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Statue of a Centaur with its Base
Rome, Lazio, Italy (Place created)
1700 - 1800
Centaur: rosso antico; base: brecchia
157 x 127 x 63.5 cm (61 13/16 x 50 x 25 in.)
A grinning centaur, a mythological creature that is half-man and half-horse, stands proudly in this sculpture. He carries a set of panpipes and an animal skin is draped over his left arm. Colored marble such as this was quite expensive and a popular symbol of wealth in the Roman world. It was used primarily for architectural decoration and occasionally for sculpture.
This sculpture, acquired by the Getty Museum as a Roman work and believed to have come from the ruins of the palace of the emperor
The Getty Museum centaur is remarkably similar to another centaur carved by the eighteenth-century sculptor Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, who offered copies of Roman