Pair of Firedog Bases

Pair of Firedog Bases

Italy
ca. 1530s
Bronze

Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1904

AZ024.1-2
Item description: 

These sphinxlike female figures, which originally would have been connected by a central section, appear to be the work of an Italian sculptor active in Venice or Padua during the 1530s. Such bronzes served as functional objects, meant to hold fireplace utensils; their exact origins often remain unknown.