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Ram

ca. 1930 Bessie Stough Callender Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951 granite 17 3/4 x 9 x 18 in. (45.1 x 23.0 x 45.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Harold Callender 1960.8.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W330


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Bessie Stough Callender was inspired to sculpt Ram after visiting a "copious" exhibit of Persian art in London. She was so entranced by the sculptures and reliefs that she started researching and copying ancient depictions of animals. The compact form, stylized head, and large horns of Ram resemble the ancient Persian and Mesopotamian monuments that Callender saw during her studies and frequent visits to the Louvre Museum, in Paris. (Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953)

Keywords

Animal - sheep

sculpture

stone - granite

carved

About Bessie Stough Callender

Born: Wichita, Kansas 1889 Died: New York, New York 1951

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