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Stunning French Bronze Art Nouveau JUNON Beautiful Goddess Statue Signed P. Rigual Circa 1890 - 1901 Patroness Of Marriage

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This beautiful & highly detailed statue of the mythical goddess JUNON or JUNO dates from the French Art Nouveau period and was produced circa 1890 - 1901. Signed “P. Rigual” on the reverse. The masterful and finely detailed execution of this piece is quite remarkable. It is lovingly cast from spelter, a zinc and copper alloy similar to pewter, with an applied glowing chocolate bronze patina that has very slight wear. It is mounted on a solid Onyx marble base. Pablo Rigual was born in Portugal and adopted France as his home, he created sculpture in bronze, marble, and ivory. There are very few examples of his work known to exist. Those rare pieces that do survive belong in private collections or are owned by European museums.

The Goddess Juno

Juno was an ancient Roman goddess, the protector and special counselor of the state. She is a daughter of Saturn and sister (but also the wife) of the chief god Jupiter and the mother of Juventas, Mars, and Vulcan. Her Greek equivalent is Hera.

As the patron goddess of Rome and the Roman empire she was called Regina (“queen”) and, together with Jupiter and Minerva, was worshiped as a triad on the Capitol (Juno Capitolina) in Rome.

As Juno Moneta (which the ancients interpreted as “the one who warns”; this traditional etymology is badly formed, but has not been replaced) she guarded over the finances of the empire and had a temple on the Arx (one of two Capitoline hills), which was the Mint. She was also worshiped in many other cities, where temples were built in her honor.

Every year, on the first of March, women held a festival in honor of Juno called the Matronalia. On this day, lambs and other cattle were sacrificed in her honor. Another festival called the Nonae Caprotinae (“The Nones of the Wild Fig”) was held on July 7. Juno is the patroness of marriage, and many people believe that the most favorable time to marry is June, the month named after the goddess. Lucina was an epithet for Juno as “she who brings children into light.”

Juno’s own warlike aspect among the Romans is apparent in her attire. She often appeared armed and wearing a goatskin cloak, which was the garment favoured by Roman soldiers on campaign. This warlike aspect was assimilated from the Greek goddess Athena, whose goatskin was called the ‘aegis’.

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Size: 9" tall x 5.5" wide x 5" deep
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Stunning French Bronze Art Nouveau JUNON Beautiful Goddess Statue Signed P. Rigual Circa 1890 - 1901 Patroness Of Marriage

Overview

  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: faux patina finish, spelter, bronze applied finish, onyx marble vase
  • Only ships to United States from California, United States.
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  • Favorited by: 31 people