Framed Neo-Classical Terracotta Plaque
A finely modeled terracotta neo-classical wall relief depicting a work by Bertel Thorvaldsen called ‘Priam Pleads with Achilles for Hector’s Body’, after Thorvaldsen’s original plaster model of 1815.
The terracotta plaque is stamped on the back Kobenhavn Eneret 304, a Danish company founded in the late 19thC. The plaque is shown in a 19thC gilded wood frame. Danish circa 1925.
During the siege of Troy Achilles’ friend Patrocles was killed by Hector, the Trojan king Priam’s son. As revenge Achilles therefore killed Hector. The relief depicts how the old king Priam begs Achilles on his knees to turn over the body of his son. The relief is unique with its rhythm of the three figures on the left that like in a filmic sequence ends in the kneeling figure of Priam, and also the distance – physically and mentally – which exists between the elevated Greek hero and the old king. The themes of the relief are on a general level humility and mercifulness. Achilles in the end gives in to the plea of the father and hands over the body of the son.
Dimensions with Frame : 28″W (71cm) x 19″H (48cm)