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Marble sculpture on a pedestal, composed of four pieces including two original carved circular marble disks which insert below the bust and below the pedestal. Full bust of a nude female. The head is inclined and turned slightly right with the gaze in the same direction. The hair is parted in the center and drawn back above the ears. Above the forehead the hair is held in place by a small bow ornamented with a butterfly and at the back it falls loosely over the neck from a small knot.
sculpture (visual work)
"Cherished Possessions": Vermont-born Hiram Powers followed the custom of American sculptors of his time and went to Italy in 1837 to pursue his career. He soon became internationally known for the naturalistic rendering of his portrait busts and the beauty of his "ideal" statues as seen in his most famous work, The Greek Slave. This bust of Psyche, who is often depicted with a butterfly, a representation of the human soul is on display at the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873 (Maker)
25 x 19 1/4 x 10 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
Florence (Firenze province, Tuscany, Italy)