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The Nile

Date: 1690-1730
Dimensions:
14 x 30 x 12 3/4 in. (35.6 x 76.2 x 32.4 cm.)
Medium: leaded bronze
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Object Number: 11.1
Label Text:This bronze of a muscular nude male reclining on a sphinx and cradling a cornucopia is an allegory, or figurative representation, of the Nile River. It is a much-reduced version of a colossal ancient marble that was discovered in Rome in 1513. Exhibited in the papal collection until the end of the 18th century, the sculpture has been reproduced in a variety of media and sizes throughout the centuries.