Mephistopheles and Margeretta


Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum
Hyderabad, India

The wooden double statue of 'Mephistopheles and Margaretta' representing evil and good are characters from Goethe's famous work 'Dr.Faust' (1808) and tells the story of love, heroism and tragedy. From a single log of Sycamore wood the sculptor has carved two distinct images on either side. The male image is clad in a hooded cloak, heeled boots and has a long gaunt face with a cynical smile, while Margaretta is shown as a shy, simple girl with a prayer book in one hand and downcast eyes, lost in love.


  • Title: Mephistopheles and Margeretta
  • Date: 1801/1899
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: Wood, h 177.2 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: LXIV-­21

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