A late 19th century, French, bronze bust of Menelaus (Ajax). Of large size, the classical bust after the antique, head turned to dexter with helmet depicting men at war, standing on a cast socle with traces of original gilding. The underside impressed ‘BB P’, and with ink numbering 1387. Possibly cast by Bardedienne.
Height 16 1/2″ (42cm)
Width 9″ (23cm)
Depth 6 1/2″ (16.5cm)
This bronze bust is after the marble sculpture found in the Loggia dei Lanzi, Florence ‘Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus’, so-titled due to its apparent representation of an episode in the Iliad featuring the characters Menelaus and Patroclus.