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Sleeping Coon Cat

ca. 1964 William Zorach Born: Eurburg, Lithuania 1889 Died: Bath, Maine 1966 cast and patinated plaster 5 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (13.3 x 23.2 x 21.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Tessim Zorach 1970.65.14 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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William Zorach made this patinated plaster cast of Sleeping Coon Cat from an original carved directly in stone. The sculptor used the plaster in turn to make seven bronze casts. Coon cats are native to Maine, where Zorach lived for much of his life. The animal is a sturdy, outdoorsy breed with fur resembling that of a raccoon, that has adapted to the harsh winters of Maine. They are very intelligent and have a friendly nature, serving as excellent companions for people of all ages. Zorach captured this coon cat at a moment of rest, thus preserving the memory and loyalty of a family pet.

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Animal - cat

sculpture

plaster

About William Zorach

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

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