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19th Century Bronze Bookends, Diomede and Ulysse

3,500.00
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19th Century Bronze Bookends, Diomede and Ulysse

3,500.00

This pair of 19th century bronze cast bookends depict two characters who figured prominently in literature by Homer. Diomede sits upon a pedestal, a bear skin draped over his head and shoulders as he attends to the strap of his sandal. Ulysse also sits upon a pedestal, his attention drawn down toward the string of his bow. Each pedestal sits on a base, which displays their names, "Diomede" and "Ulysse", respectively. 

These two figures appear in a calm and relaxed state, perhaps preparing for a journey they undertook together in Homer's "The Iliad". In the story, Diomede and Ulysse, on behalf of the council of war, undertake a night adventure to infiltrate the enemy's camp to learn their posture, and discover their intentions. Ulysse and Diomede steal the Palladium that lay within Troy's walls, for the Greeks were told they could not sack the city without it.

Date: c. 1880

Dimensions: 12.25 x 8.5 x 4.5 in. 

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This pair of 19th century bronze cast bookends depict two characters who figured prominently in literature by Homer. Diomede sits upon a pedestal, a bear skin draped over his head and shoulders as he attends to the strap of his sandal. Ulysse also sits upon a pedestal, his attention drawn down toward the string of his bow. Each pedestal sits on a base, which displays their names, "Diomede" and "Ulysse", respectively. 

These two figures appear in a calm and relaxed state, perhaps preparing for a journey they undertook together in Homer's "The Iliad". In the story, Diomede and Ulysse, on behalf of the council of war, undertake a night adventure to infiltrate the enemy's camp to learn their posture, and discover their intentions. Ulysse and Diomede steal the Palladium that lay within Troy's walls, for the Greeks were told they could not sack the city without it.

Date: c. 1880

Dimensions: 12.25 x 8.5 x 4.5 in.