Leo E. Osborne: Daphne - In Stock
Daphne by Leo E. Osborne
High Relief Female Torso, originally carved from Maple Burl.
Patina merges from red to gold.
Bronze 40x17x9" ed/50
'The sculpture retains some of the natural burl texture that it was carved from in the lower right, emphasizing the lore the artwork refers to; 'This charming myth talks about the platonic love of god Apollo for the beautiful nymph Daphne. It is said that Daphne was the first love of Apollo but unfortunately the girl never responded his love. It was not usual or possible for a nymph or a mortal woman in the Greek mythology to resist to the love of a god, but Daphne did so and in fact, she lost her life trying to escape this love. Daphne turned to the river god, Peneus, and pleaded for him to free her from Apollo. In response, Peneus use metamorphosis to turn Daphne into a laurel tree. Apollo was heart-broken at the loss of Daphne and to remember her for ever, he made the laurel the symbol of tribute to poets.' -LEO
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