Apollo and Daphne

before 1688, Artist: Jakob Auer



Apollo and Daphne

In his Metamorphosis, Ovid tells of the nymph Daphne, who eluded the desires of the sun god Apollo by turning herself into a laurel tree (Greek daphne, laurel). The two-figure group depicts the beginning of this transformation. In travel reports from the Baroque period, the virtuoso piece of carving was already considered a major work of the Viennese imperial treasury.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XX

Object data

Object Name

Statuette; ivory carving




before 1688


Jakob Auer (um 1645 Haimingersberg - 1706 Grins) - GND




H. 43,9 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 4537

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