Signed lower right side of base: A. Rodin Foundry mark back of center of base ALEXIS RUDIER / FONDEUR PARIS.
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the foundry Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.
In 1879 the young Rodin entered a competition for a public monument honoring the French Republic, which resulted in this fierce-looking bust of Bellona, the Roman goddess of war. The model was his mistress and later wife, Rose Beuret (French, 1844–1917).
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