Overall: 29 x 23 x 8.5 cm (11 7/16 x 9 1/16 x 3 3/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1973.168
A snake bit the Greek warrior Philoctetes en route to the Trojan War. The stench of the infected wound led the ship’s crew to abandon him on the island of Lemnos, where he fans the agonizing injury with a bird’s wing. The warrior’s noble suffering in the face of tremendous pain would have been a classical model of stoic composure, highly valued in Renaissance court culture.
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