Limestone of Solnhofen
Germany, first half 17th century
H 45 x W 33 x D 25 cm
A Greek mythological figure sentenced to death by her jealous mother Cassiopeia and saved by Perseus.
The singular appearance and subject-matter of this piece connect the statue to the work of Leonhard Kern (Forchtenberg 1588-1662 Schwäbisch Hall), the most important sculptor of the German 17th century, known for his technical mastery and in particular for his ivory figurines
A good example of German Renaissance sculpture which often focused on naked female subjects and intimate or languorous postures