Doma laukums 6
(Rīga Birža - Riga Stock Exchange building)
Alegorisks skaitļi profesijām
Allegorical Figures for Professions
The Riga Stock Exchange is built in the Venetian Renaissance palazzo style, symbolising wealth and abundance. It was built between 1852 and 1855 after designs by the German-born St Petersburg architect Harald Julius von Bosse (1812-1894). The two façades of the building facing the Doma laukums/Pils iela and Jēkaba iela are adorned with 18 statues of. There are only 6 models, so all statues occur more than once.
|1.||J1 a||D1 a, D7 d||Trade: Mercury with winged hat, holding a caduceus and a flag, and and a rooster on a bale of goods.
|2.||J2 b||D2 b, D8 c||Agriculture: man with a plow at his feet and sheaf or corn over his shoulder.
|3.||J3 d||D3 c, D9 b||Agriculture: woman with corn and a basket with fruit.
|4.||J4 c, J8 a||D4 d, D10 a||Fishing: woman blowing a conch, with anchor and dolphin.
|5.||J5 c, J7 b||D5 a||Industry?: woman with ?.
|6.||J6 d||D6 a||Husbandry: young shepherd with cattle and a dog.
* Under each statue is a medallion with attributes. There are only four of these medallions:
- Trade: anchor with two fasces (in which a caduceus)
- Agriculture and Fishing: crossed sheaves of corn with a dolphin.
- Navigation: anchor and rudder with a winged hat.
- ...: crossed cornucopias and a crown.
- David Iwanowitsch Jensen (Latvian Dāvids Jensens)
(Denmark 1816-St. Petersburg 1902),
Location (N 56°56'59" - E 24°6'18")
Item Code: lv028; Photograph: 10 July 2013
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
If you want to use photos, please contact us via the contact form (in Dutch, English or German).
© Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt