RIVIÈRE, Théodore
(b. 1857, Toulouse, d. 1912, Paris)

Salammbô with Mathô. I Love You! I Love You!

Bronze, height 42 cm
Private collection

The subject is taken from Gustave Flaubert's exotic historical novel, Salammbô, published in 1862. It represents the Carthaginian priestess Salammbô retrieving her city's sacred veil, the Zaimph, from her enemy Mathô, who is consumed with desire for her.

This is a cast of Rivière's celebrated model, with waxy detailing. There is a bronze and ivory version in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.