Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco

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Wounded Bitch
Sculpture
Roman copy, signed by Sopatros, of a Greek original by Lysippus (late 4th century B.C.)
Pentelic marble

“In our day we have seen at the Capitol...in the cell of Juno, a bronze bitch licking her wound; the marvelous spectacle of the monument and its realistic naturalness – you couldn’t tell it from a live dog – appears not only from the fact that it was dedicated in that place, but also from the tremendous step taken to safeguard it: a public decree established that the custodians were to answer for its safety with their lives, since no sum seemed sufficient....” (Pliny the Elder, Natural History XXXIV:38). The Barracco Museum’s small marble sculpture, signed by the artist Sopatros, is probably a copy of the bronze created by Lysippus and seen by Pliny.

Provenance: Purchased in Rome
Inventory: Inv. MB 139

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