These bust sculptures of a Nubian couple are wonderfully naturalistic in their style. The male figure is signed ‘A. Mereller’, and the woman ‘Thiele’ for the accomplished German artist, Rudolfe Thiele (1856-1930). Thiele specialised in the creation of Orientalist sculptures, like this North African woman which he produced several versions of. The pair have been finely modelled in terracotta (ceramic) and delicately painted by hand.
The sculptures depict a Nubian couple, which includes one beautiful young woman and an older man. The female figure wears a striped pale yellow headscarf and low-cut clothing, which reveals her breasts. She turns her head to the left and lowers her eyes to the ground. By comparison, the bearded man gazes up to the right, and opens his mouth slightly as if to speak. Like the woman, he is dressed in a yellow headscarf and robe with a shoulder strap. The busts are placed on turned plinths, which are set on square bases.
Woman- Height 54cm, width 33cm, depth 33cm
Man- Height 56cm, width 40cm, depth 22cm