This marble bust of Ajax is from an original by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Vacca (1803-1871).
In Homer�s Iliad he is described as great ('megas') having great stature - the 'wall of the Achaeans'- , and second only to Achilles in skill. At the close of the Trojan War he becomes embroiled in a competition with Odysseus concerning who should have the armour forged for Achilles on Mount Olympus by the god Hephaistos. Ajax loses to Odysseus and then falls upon his own sword, �conquered by his own sorrow�.
- Height including socle: 40cm, Height of socle: 7cm, Width: 23.5cm, Depth: 26cm
This collection is made in the UK in cast Carrara marble. The beautiful white marble of Carrara in Tuscany was used for the Pantheon in ancient Rome and was a favourite of Michelangelo.
The sculptures are created using a process of dry casting, so that each sculpture contains over 90% marble. They glisten!
The high quality is such that there will be no discoloration - other than natural patination and ageing - especially if the pieces are placed outdoors.