Male Figure

Male Figure

c. 1760

Ignaz Günther

(German, 1725-1775)


Overall: 95.3 x 65.4 x 31.8 cm (37 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 12 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1973.101


This sensuously carved figure probably functioned as a term, an architectural element that incorporates a head and torso atop a tapering pillar typically used as a decorative support, for example on either side of a doorway. The sculpture was likely originally gilded, which would have enhanced appreciation of the torso’s beautifully articulated musculature.

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