Mona or The Moon by John Michael Rysbrack

This sculpture is one of a series of statues commemorating the Saxon gods and goddesses who gave their names to the days of the week.


Portland stone
180 cm
Art Fund grant:
£11,250 ( Total: £45,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Maria Davila

The deities erected by Lord Cobham in the gardens had an overt political message and were intended to evoke the ancient native liberties associated with the Druids, and by implication to condemn the tyranny of absolutist rulers on the Continent.


Commissioned by Sir Richard Temple, Viscount Cobbham, for his grounds at Stowe.

Venue details

Buckinghamshire County Museum 9 Church Street, AYLESBURY Buckinghamshire HP20 2QP 01296 331441

Entry details

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