19th Century Bronze Bookends, Diomedes and Ulysses
This pair of 19th century bronze cast bookends depict two characters who figured prominently in literature by Homer. Diomedes sits upon a pedestal, a bear skin draped over his head and shoulders as he attends to the strap of his sandal. Ulysses also sits upon a pedestal, his attention drawn down toward the string of his bow. Each pedestal sits on a base, which displays their names, "Diomede" and "Ulysse", respectively. These two figures appear in a calm and relaxed state, perhaps preparing for a journey they undertook together in Homer's "The Iliad". In the story, Diomedes and Ulysses, on behalf of the council of war, undertake a night adventure to infiltrate the enemy's camp to learn their posture, and discover their intentions. Ulysses and Diomedes steal the Palladium that lay within Troy's walls, for the Greeks were told they could not sack the city without it.
Dimensions: 12.25 x 8.5 x 4.5 in.
Date: c. 1880