Overall: 68.6 cm (27 in.)
© 1894, Paris
Gift from a Friend 1938.290
The world’s largest heron species, the Goliath heron, can stand upwards of five feet tall.
MacMonnies originally created this composition as a large garden sculpture, but later marketed small-scale versions, such as this example, to adorn interior spaces. The subject presents a boyish mythological figure mischievously grasping a bird whose ample wings curve around him. A striking visual contrast is achieved through the variegated textures of the heron’s feathers and the faun’s smooth flesh.
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