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The Sirens (Les Sirènes)

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1880s, cast 1967
    DIMENSIONS 17 x 17 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (43.2 x 43.8 x 32.1 cm)
    MARKINGS Back of base to the right: ".Georges Rudier. Fondeur. Paris." Proper left edge: "© by Musée Rodin 1967"
    SIGNATURE Below the knees of the middle figure: "A. Rodin"; Interior, front of base, raised cachet: "A. Rodin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 86.87.1
    EDITION Edition: 5/12
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
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