Circe Enchants Ulysses' Sailors

  • Paul Manship, Circe Enchants Ulysses' Sailors, 1957, bronze, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.60

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Paul Manship created many sculptures of mythical characters and often chose to illustrate a particular moment in a legend rather than a general theme or symbol. This sculpture shows a scene from the story of Ulysses, a Greek leader in the Trojan War. When Ulysses and his men stopped at an island in search of food, the sorceress Circe captured the crew and turned them into pigs. Ulysses saved his men with the help of a special herb that countered Circe’s magic. Manship chose not to show the hero Ulysses and instead depicted Circe surrounded by the enslaved sailors.

Title
Circe Enchants Ulysses' Sailors
Artists
Date
1957
On View
Dimensions
5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (14.0 x 16.5 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – nude
  • Figure female – full length
  • Mythology – classical – Circe
  • Animal – pig
Object Number
1966.47.60
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