Two-Part Cabinet

French


Two-Part Cabinet, n.d.

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Walnut

Dimensions: 94 × 59 × 23 1/2 in. (238.8 × 149.9 × 59.7 cm)

Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.143

Six male and female herms (pillar figures) with distorted facial features and exaggerated physiques flank cabinet doors carved with decorative elements. On the upper left door, Diana, goddess of the hunt, is depicted with a bow and arrows in a quiver. On the upper right door, Minerva, goddess of wisdom and warfare, is shown wearing a helmet and holding a spear and shield. The two bottom doors depict eagle-headed creatures with breasts, terminating in foliage on either side of a female mask. Just above the lower doors, two drawers with lions’ heads and swags of fruit complete the façade. The designer also inserted some playful elements into this work: there is a keyhole disguised in the belly of the herm with crossed arms between the two upper doors, and another keyhole in the pelvic region of the herm below it.

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