Artist: Adam Lenckhart (German, Würzburg 1610–1661 Vienna)

Date: mid-17th century

Culture: Austrian

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: Height: 10 3/16 in. (25.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Miniature

Credit Line: Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923

Accession Number: 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.