Sol (the Sun)

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The sun is portrayed in the guise of a young man with an idealized muscular body, and a mask encircled by rays of light before his face. He is accompanied by a lion, the astrological symbol of the sun. This statuette may have been part of a spectacular table fountain, although it is questionable whether this lavish ornament was ever completed. Origin: Italy. Date: c 1570 – c 1581. Object ID: BK-1977-24.

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