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Ethiopian Woman
Marble, Black limestone. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Woman
Marble, Black limestone. Early XVII century
Anonymous

The piece belongs to a group of four busts of Ethiopians purchased for the Buen Retiro Palace in 1678 by Charles II. Their inspiration comes from models by the French sculptor Nicolas Cordier, the creator of the celebrated and enigmatic Moor (1607-12), a sculpture of alabaster and various coloured marbles made for Scipione Borghese and now preserved at the Musée du Louvre.

Ethiopian Man
Black marble, Jasper, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Man
Black marble, Jasper, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Anonymous

The head of this young man with soft features is made of black marble with a highly polished face, while the bust is of white alabaster. Belonging to a production modelled on works by Nicolas Cordier (1567-1612), it comes from the collection of Queen Christina of Sweden, which was later owned and kept by Philip V at the Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso.

Ethiopian Man
Marble, Black limestone, Jasper. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Man
Marble, Black limestone, Jasper. Early XVII century
Anonymous

A piece created under the influence of Nicolas Cordier (1567-1612), a French sculptor and restorer resident in Rome who specialised in combining alabaster and marbles of various colours, and is considered the first modern sculptor to handle this type of subject. The bust, together with another three preserved at the Museo del Prado, was acquired by Charles II for the Buen Retiro Palace.

Ethiopian Woman
Italian marble, Black limestone. Early XVII century
Anonymous
Ethiopian Woman
Italian marble, Black limestone. Early XVII century
Anonymous

A bust of a woman with cloak and turban, designed by combining materials of various colours. The holes in the earlobes and on the back of the turban suggest it may have worn a diadem or some adornment in metal or another material. It was acquired by Charles II in 1678 for the Buen Retiro Palace.

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