A fine mid 19th century Italian Grand Tour bronze model of the ‘Capitoline Wolf’, of diminutive proportions. The finely cast and chased she-wolf with the twin figures of Romulus & Remus suckling beneath.
Height 2 3/8“ (6cm)
Width 3 7/8“ (9.7cm)
Depth 1 5/8“ (4.1cm)
La Lupa Capitolina “the Capitoline Wolf”. Traditional scholarship says the wolf-figure is Etruscan, 5th century BC. The figures of Romulus and Remus were added in the 15th century AD by Antonio Pollaiuolo. Recent studies suggest that the she-wolf may be a medieval sculpture dating from the 13th century AD. The work’s attribution attests to the enduring nature of the myth.