A serie of four mythological statues with allegorical representation of the natural and material wealth as well as the natural and the armed power. The pair of females represent the wealth. One woman with a diadem and a hornet of plenty filled with fruits and corn. She is the mythological representation of Flora and the allegorical presentation of the wealth of nature or the fruits of her work in that nature. The other woman is the mythological goddess Abundantia, personified by a woman with a crown coins and beads in her hand representing wealth or the gain from trade and economy. The male pair is an allegory of power. One man, naturally strong and muscular who needs neither protection nor weapon. He radiates natural strength and power, mythological representing Mars or Hercules. The other man is richly equipped with greaves, armour, helmet and a shield depicting the hydra head. He is the mythological representation of Perseus and an allegorical personification of armoured power.
Limewood, carved in full round and hollowed inside, original lustrous and matte silvering over yellow chalk ground. Translucent glazed. Filippo Parodi, Genoa
(1630-1702) end of 17th century. Provenance: formerley in the collection of Ernest and Jean Boissevain, Villa delle Rose, Florence
Height: 101 / 118 cm