The Sirens (Les Sirènes)
The sirens are the part-bird, part-woman characters of Greek mythology whose enchanting songs lured unwary sailors to their deaths in Homer’s Odyssey. Rodin considered their tale of deception and death an appropriate subject for The Gates of Hell, where they appear in the left panel.
1880s, cast 1967
17 x 17 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (43.2 x 43.8 x 32.1 cm) (show scale)
Back of base to the right: ".Georges Rudier. Fondeur. Paris."
Proper left edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1967"
Below the knees of the middle figure: "A. Rodin"; Interior, front of base, raised cachet: "A. Rodin"
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Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). The Sirens (Les Sirènes), 1880s, cast 1967. Bronze, 17 x 17 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (43.2 x 43.8 x 32.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 86.87.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.87.1_transp6256.jpg)
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