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Detail from Cycle of Life Sundial--Hands Supporting Baby

1955 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 13 x 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (32.9 x 17.0 x 12.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.12 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


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Paul Manship created several versions of the Cycle of Life sundial. In the finished sculpture, a man, woman and child are surrounded by an armillary sphere, which shows the relationship of the stars to the earth. This model depicts the baby from the center of the sphere, supported by his mother’s and father’s hands. Manship believed that “Man, Woman, and Child make up the Cycle of Life.”

Keywords

Allegory - life

Figure male - child - full length

Figure male - full length

Figure male - nude

Figure - fragment - hand

Object - furniture - clock

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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