Dancer with Thyrsus

Dancer with Thyrsus
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  • Pierre Le Faguays Art Deco Thyrsus Dancer
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A striking early 20th Century cold painted bronze figure of a beautiful dancer with a Thyrsus staff across her shoulders with fine enamel painted colour and excellent hand finished detail, raised on a marble base. Signed Le Faguays and inscribed Etling Paris.

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£ 13,500

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Additional Information

Height

Condition

Circa

Materials

Cold Painted Bronze and Marble

Book Ref

Art Deco Sculpture by Victor Arwas

Page No.

121

Foundry

 Thyrsus

A thyrsus or thyrsos (Ancient Greek) was a wand or staff of giant fennel (Ferula communis) covered with ivy vines and leaves, sometimes wound with taeniae and always topped with a pine cone.

Symbolism

The thyrsus, associated with Dionysus (or Bacchus, the wine god) and his followers, the Satyrs and Maenads, is a symbol of prosperity, fertility, hedonism, and pleasure/enjoyment in general. In early Greek art the Bacchae were usually depicted as holding branches of vine or ivy, but after 530 bc the staff to which the name thyrsus properly applied began to be shown as a stalk of giant fennel (narthēx) segmented like bamboo, sometimes with ivy leaves inserted in the hollow end. Bacchae were depicted and described using them as weapons. Scholars differ on the extent to which these staffs can be explained as symbols of fertility.

 

SKU: 4895

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