Category: Objets D'art
An exceptional and monumental 19th century Continental limestone statue of 'The Abduction of the Sabine Women'. This statue is based on a sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1498-1680), that is in the Galleria Borghese, Rome. The pedestal is four and a half feet high.
Please note the silhouette model is 6 feet tall.
The Abduction of the Sabine Women- is an episode in the legendary history of Rome in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families. Seeking wives in order to found families, the Romans negotiated unsuccessfully with the Sabines, who populated the area. Fearing the emergence of a rival society, the Sabines refused to allow their women to marry the Romans; consequently, the Romans planned to abduct Sabine women. Romulus devised a festival of Neptune Equester and proclaimed the festival amongst Rome's neighbors. At the festival Romulus gave a signal, at which the Romans grabbed the Sabine women and fought off the Sabine men. The indignant abductees were implored by Romulus to accept Roman husbands. Romulus offered them free choice and honorable wedlock, and promised civic and property rights to women, and — dearest of all to human nature — they would be the mothers of free men.