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Lot 12

Menelaus & Athena, Pair of Antique Architectural Busts

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A pair of antique architectural salvage terracotta busts of Menelaus and Athena, Menelaus modeled after the Pasquino group. The identity of Athena is of some question, possibly instead a depiction of Paris. From the collection of a notable Kansas City doctor and benefactor, the pair was acquired from a dealer who himself acquired them in Italy, said originally to be salvaged from a European building destroyed in World War II.

Menelaus measures 18" x 14 1/2" x 14 1/2", and Athena measures 17" x 15 1/2" x 16 1/4".


Both busts have a highly aged appearance, with extensive loss to glazing and rough edges at the medallion. Menelaus has a chip to the top of his helmet, and repaired cracks across the back of his neck and right edge of the medallion. Despite the antique, weathered condition, there do not seem to be any notable active issues.