This bronze group is one of many examples of variants and iterations on the pairing of a female figure of Virtue triumphing over a vanquished figure of Vice.These figures, paired together and separate, are found in a number casts that likely span centuries, testifying to their enduring appeal. The design of the figures may be attributed to a late 16th century Roman artist, who created them to surmount a round inkwell, as examples in a private collection and at the J.B. Speed Museum (1949.30.55) suggest. The Morgan's cast belongs to a late point in the tradition, as indicated by the rectangular base and elaborate tail and decorative wings appended to the figure of Vice, and further supported by its early provenance in the Haden collection.
Woman (Virtue) stepping on male winged figure with a tail (Vice).