This marble bust of Ajax is from an original by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Vacca (1803-1871).
In Homer’s Iliad he is described as great ('megas') having great stature - the 'wall of the Achaeans'- , and second only to Achilles in skill. At the close of the Trojan War he becomes embroiled in a competition with Odysseus concerning who should have the armour forged for Achilles on Mount Olympus by the god Hephaistos. Ajax loses to Odysseus and then falls upon his own sword, ‘conquered by his own sorrow’.
|dimensions etc||Height including socle: 40cm, Height of socle: 7cm, Width: 23.5cm, Depth: 26cm|
|material||Cast Carrara marble. Mounted on a marble socle. The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome, and was a favourite of Michelangelo. The sculptures in this collection are created using a process of 'dry casting', so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble.|
|country of origin||made in the UK.|
|care instructions||The high quality is such that there will be no discoloration - other than natural patination and ageing - should you wish to put him outdoors.|
- Code: SA-053
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £104.17