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A Fish-Centaur

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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A relief panel showing an ichthyocentaur (a fish-centaur) playing a lute with a woman ensnared in its tail. The ichthyocentaur is in a sea or river. He ensnares a female figure who has been captivated by his lute playing. The centaur is part-man and part-fish, with the clawed forefeet of a bird. Rushes are visible in the background at left, with the head of a bird rising from the water in the foreground at left.

National Trust, Knole

Sevenoaks


Date

1601–1699

Medium

alabaster

Measurements

H 53 x W 61 x D (?) cm

Accession number

130073

Acquisition method

on loan from a private collection

Work type

Relief


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National Trust, Knole

Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP England

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