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Identification and Creation

Object Number
After Antoine Louis Barye, French (Paris, France 1796 - 1875 Paris, France)
After Antoine Louis Barye, French (Paris, France 1796 - 1875 Paris, France)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Gnou / Prancing Gnu
Work Type
after 1865?
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Bronze with black patina
Lost-wax process
17.8 x 25.9 x 6.8 cm (7 x 10 3/16 x 2 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: top of base, proper left of gnu: BARYE


Recorded Ownership History
Henry Dexter Sharpe, Providence, RI, Gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1956. (Gift of Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Henry Dexter Sharpe Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Catalogue des bronzes de A.L. Barye, Statuaire, Exposition Universelle de 1865 La Grande Médaille d'Honneur, exh. cat., Quai des Celestins, 4 (Paris, France, 1865), no. 203
  • Catalogue des oeuvres de feu Barye. Bronzes, aquarelles-tableaux, cires terres cuites, marbres, plâtres, auct. cat., Hôtel Drouot (Paris, France, February 7 1876 - February 12 1876), no. 698
  • Catalogue des bronzes de Barye (modèles), auct. cat., Hôtel Drouot (Paris, France, April 24, 1884), no. 39
  • Catalogue des bronzes de Barye. Modèles, tableaux et dessins Composant la collection de M. Auguste Sichel, auct. cat., Hôtel Drouot (Paris, France, February 27, 1886), no. 17
  • Antoine-Louis Barye, 1796-1875, exh. cat., Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute (San Antonio, TX, 1965), no. 37
  • Stuart Pivar, The Barye Bronzes, Antique Collector's Club Ltd. (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, 1974), no. A2, repr. p. 97
  • Jeanne L. Wasserman and Arthur Beale, Sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1982), p. 88, VI (Appendix A)

Exhibition History

  • A Bronze Menagerie and Other Works by Antoine-Louis Barye from the Fogg Museum's Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 09/25/1981 - 12/27/1981

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