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Relief depicting the ‘Slaughter of Niobe's children’

18th century

Marble

Height: 24cm
Width: 40.5cm

Museum number: M739

Curatorial note

Bas-relief panel with raised border. The composition comprises three semi-nude male figures who are being fired upon by a female archer, right.

The subject is the Slaughter of Niobe's Children, killed by arrows from the bows of Apollo and Artemis and this marble is after a heavily restored Roman relief in the Villa Albani, Rome. It is unusual in showing the goddess Artemis, usually omitted in other illustrations of the myth, firing her bow.

This copy is thought to be English and was probably executed for a mantle-piece in about the middle of the 18th century.


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