This sensuously carved figure probably functioned as a term, an architectural element that incorporates a head and torso atop a tapering pillar typically used as a decorative support, for example on either side of a doorway. The sculpture was likely originally gilded, which would have enhanced appreciation of the torso’s beautifully articulated musculature.

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  • Title: Male Figure
  • Creator: Ignaz Günther (German, 1725-1775)
  • Date Created: c. 1760
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 95.3 x 65.4 x 31.8 cm (37 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 12 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: Munich collection, c. 1890, Stanford White (New York, New York), Robert W. White (New York, New York), Michael Hall Fine Art, (New York, New York), sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1973.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1973.101
  • Medium: lindenwood
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Germany, Munich, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 1973.101

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