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Study for Head of Moses

ca. 1950 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 unfired ceramic 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24.8 x 16.6 x 18.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tessim Zorach and Dahlov Ipcar 1968.154.161 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47A


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Study for Head of Moses is one of William Zorach’s many biblical portrait heads. Zorach was raised in the Jewish faith, and although he did not belong to an organized religion after childhood, he believed in a universal spirit that permeated all living things. Zorach gave Moses a stern expression to convey his “power and authority of revelation.” Study for the Head of Moses was the basis for a larger head of the prophet that was purchased and given to Columbia University, where it was displayed in the interdenominational center.

Keywords

Religion - Old Testament - Moses

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

ceramic

About William Zorach

Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966

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