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Gnome

1955 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 4 7/8 in. (21.0 x 13.0 x 12.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.16 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


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Gnome, or Grotesque Figure, was designed for the Infant Hercules Fountain at the American Academy in Rome. Paul Manship created the fountain in appreciation of the three years he spent at the academy. Each of the six gnome-shaped waterspouts has the head of a satyr, or a half goat, half man creature, and a decorative body inspired by ancient sculptures of India. Manship cast the gnomes separately some forty years after the original fountain was complete.

Keywords

Fantasy - elf

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

cast

About Paul Manship

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

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