Antoine Coysevox, 1640-1720
Nymph with a shell. Marble, 1685.
Variation after Ma 18, a Roman statue then in the Borghese collection, now exhibited in the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities in the Louvre—which was in its turn a copy after the Hellenistic type of the knucklebones player. Coysevox’s statue is one of a series of copies after the antique commissioned in 1683 by Louis XIV to decorate the park of Versailles.