Neptune, carved mid–17th century
Adam Lenckhart (German, 1610–1661)
Ivory; H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923 (24.80.91)
Neptune is shown calming the stormy sea, represented by the wild-eyed dolphin. The sea god's trident has been lost. Neptune's swirling hair and beard parallel the spiral of his stance; these features may owe a debt to Italian prototypes but may also have been determined by the form of the tusk. The anatomical precision of the musculature, body hair, and folds of flesh are marks of the northern carving tradition in which Lenckhart was first trained.