On the front top of the marble plinth: "PRAXITELES/FIRBENSDRÆBER"
The Albertina Foundation
The bronze statue was made after a Roman marble copy in the Louvre in Paris, inv. no. MA 441. The no longer surviving original was the work of Praxiteles (c. 360-330 BC) c. 350 BC.
There is another copy in the Musei Vaticani, Rome
The Ørsted Park
Ellinor Wensche: Friluftskunsten i København, København 1932, 55. Charles Haugbøll: Ørstedsparken, København 1933, 30, 33-34, 49. Monumenter Mindesmærker og Statuer i København Frederiksberg og Gjentofte, København 1944, 30. Legatet 'Albertina'. I anledning af legatets 80 aars dag den 18. november 1959, København 1959, 7-8, 12. Hovedstadens monumenter mindetavler museer. En vejviser, København 1962, 66. Bent Zinglersen: Københavnske monumenter og mindesmærker, København 1974, 220. Jens Peter Munk: Bronze & granit. Monumenter i Københavns Kommune, København 2005, 164-65
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A naked youth stands against a tree trunk where a lizard is sitting. He has raised one hand to strike the creature. Perhaps he originally held a small spear. The movement of his hand has also been interpreted as indicating he originally held a cord by which the lizard was tethered.