Galerie Günter Puhze
Ancient Art

Object: 7139

Cybele

Greek, 4th – 3rd century BC

Coarse-granular marble and traces of red paint at tympanum. The “Mother of Gods” Cybele depicted with various attributes sits on a throne. In her lap a crouching lion cub, in her right hand she holds a phiale (shallow bowl for pouring libations), and in her left hand a large tympanum. She wears a chiton belted beneath the breast. A himation is draped over her lap and falls down her legs. Her feet rest on a footstool. She has wavy hair and long tresses fall down the front of her chest. She wears a polos (a tall, cylindrical headdress) on her head. Her cult originated in Phrygia in Asia Minor had been brought to Athens by the 5th century BC and later spread widely through the Roman Empire. Back of throne and part of tympanum chipped away, surface worn at right leg and foot.

cf. Kybele tympanon Louvre CA1797.jpg

Published: Catalogue Kunst der Antike 3, Freiburg im Breisgau 1980, no. 21

Provenance:
South German private collection Dr. K., acquired 1980 at Galerie Günter Puhze, Freiburg, Germany.

H 20,5 cm

Price € 6.500