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Silvered Bronze Skeleton by Carl Kauba
by Carl Kauba (Austrian-American 1865 - 1922)
Late 19th to Early 20th Century
Inscribed on the reverse of the hip bone C. Kauba
The figure of the skeleton, striking a pose recalling the famous scene from Hamlet, rests his right foot on a volume inscribed "Hippocrates"* in Greek letters. This takes the traditional vanitas one step further; Death reflecting upon itself.
Height 46 cm (18.25 in)
Kauba studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Professor Laufenberg and later under Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz. He personally directed the casting of his clay models in local foundries and was a very successful sculptor in his own lifetime.
*Hippocrates of Kos (460- 70 B.C.) is known as the 'father of western medicine'
Bibliography: Benezit Dictionary of Artists Vol 7
The Dictionary of Sculptors in Bronze by James Mackay pub. Antique Collectors Club 1977
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