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Lost Soul, Found Spirit

1996 Robert Ebendorf Born: Topeka, Kansas 1938 found materials and metal 13 x 12 x 1 1/4 in. (33.0 x 30.5 x 3.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist in memory of Mr. Ronald H. Pearson 1996.61 Renwick Gallery
2nd Floor, Room 203

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Robert Ebendorf created a series of disturbing pieces with this title following a painful divorce. The chicken's foot, squirrel's paw, and numerous claws represent the loss of hands, which are a jeweler's means of creating. With these symbols, Ebendorf expressed his own sense of loss in his personal life. The act of creating the pieces, however, was a kind of salvation for the artist. He acknowledged this by including in this piece a crucifix, an image of Jesus and rosary beads, to suggest suffering and redemption.


Animal - bird

Animal - fish - crab

Animal - rabbit

Emblem - cross

Figure - fragment - skeleton

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Crucifixion

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Mixed Media

animal parts



stone - pearl

About Robert Ebendorf

Born: Topeka, Kansas 1938

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