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Man in the Time of Solomon

ca. 1935-1943 Patrociño Barela Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964 carved juniper 18 1/4 x 11 x 8 in. (46.3 x 28.0 x 20.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration 1985.65.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


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This sculpture shows two men straining to move building blocks for the construction of the Temple of Solomon in Israel. The Old Testament describes King Solomon as a fair and wise leader who united the tribes of Israel. These two figures, however, are pushing in opposite directions, suggesting that some people were unwilling to work together under Solomon’s rule.

Keywords

Figure group

Figure group - male

Object - tool

Occupation - labor

Religion - Old Testament - Solomon

New Deal - Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project - New Mexico

sculpture

folk art

wood - juniper

About Patrociño Barela

Born: Bisbee, Arizona Died: Cañon, New Mexico 1964

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