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Javanese Mother and Child

1935 Paul Bogatay Born: Ava, Ohio 1905 Died: Hyannis, Massachusetts 1972 glazed ceramic 22 x 6 7/8 x 5 1/4 in. (55.9 x 17.5 x 13.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Henrietta Cunningham Bogatay, Todd Bogatay, and Lucia Bogatay 1988.94.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


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Paul Bogatay was inspired by his time spent at sea to create this dignified image of a native Javanese woman and her child. The viewer might imagine that this pair has just encountered foreigners, and while the child lightly clings to his mother, she stands tall and proud, confident and protective of her son. The artist won first prize for ceramic sculpture when he exhibited this naturalistic sculpture in the fifth Ceramic National Exhibition at the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts in 1936.

Keywords

Ethnic - Javanese

Figure group - family - mother and child

Object - fruit

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic

About Paul Bogatay

Born: Ava, Ohio 1905 Died: Hyannis, Massachusetts 1972

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