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This piece is possibly Italian. A sculpture of Leda and the Swan depicting a female figure in classical costume holding a swan under her right arm. In Greek legend Leda was one of the many girls visited by Zeus in disguise, in her case in the form of a swan She is said to have produced twin eggs, from which Castor and Pollux were born. She was also the mother of Helen of Troy.

English Heritage, Wrest Park

Silsoe

Title

Leda and the Swan

Date

early 18th C or late 19th C

Medium

marble & stone

Accession number

88094618

Work type

Statue

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English Heritage, Wrest Park

Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR England

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