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Susanna

1945 Edris Eckhardt Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1905 Died: Lakewood, Ohio 1998 terra cotta 18 3/4 x 7 x 6 5/8 in. (47.7 x 17.9 x 16.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. Paul A. Nelson in honor of Henry and Lillian Steinberg 1984.136.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 53B


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Edris Eckhardt created many ceramic sculptures inspired by religious characters, and this piece is based on the biblical story of Susanna. Two elders propositioned the young woman while she bathed, but she rejected their advances. The angry men falsely accused her of adultery, and Susanna was sentenced to death. This sculpture captures the moment when she emerges from the water, unaware that she is being watched. The dark, bronze-colored surface, together with the figure's exaggerated curves and dancer's pose, suggest an ancient image of fertility.

Keywords

Animal - fish

Figure female - knee length

Figure female - nude

Portrait female - Susanna

decorative arts - ceramic

Crafts - Clay

ceramic - terra cotta

About Edris Eckhardt

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1905 Died: Lakewood, Ohio 1998

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