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David and Goliath


mid 17th Century
polychrome wax relief
30 x 21.5 cm (11 ³/₄ x 8 ¹/₂ inches)
The relief shows David defeating Goliath (1 Samuel 17). David, richly clothed, brandishes Goliath's sword – the very sword which he used to behead the Philistine giant – as his right arm rests lightly on the giant's head. On the right we see a rich helmet and, close to Goliath's head, the stone used to strike him. The backdrop consists of a grove of trees, one in the distance and another, larger one on the left, meticulously defined and with a squirrel squatting on one of its branches.

Provenance: Dr. Kohler Collection, auction catalogue 29–30 January 1917, C.J. Wawra, Vienna, lot n° 168.