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Herma

1975 Man Ray Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890 Died: Paris, France 1976 bronze on wood base 14 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 in. (35.8 x 11.7 x 7.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Juliet Man Ray 1983.105.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Wing


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The distorted figure of Herma was originally carved in 1919 from marble. In Greek mythology, a herma or herm is a primitive fertility statue of the Greek god Hermes. Man Ray emphasized fertility and the female anatomy by exaggerating the woman’s rounded stomach and thighs. The title of this piece and the way the artist chose to carve the figure without complete arms and legs evokes an archaic sculpture that has been ruined by time.

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Figure female - nude

sculpture

metal - bronze

wood

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About Man Ray

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1890 Died: Paris, France 1976

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