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Head of the Prophet

1935 Herzl Emanuel Born: Scranton, Pennsylvania 1914 Died: Norwalk, Connecticut, 2002 stone 15 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (39.7 x 24.2 x 26.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost 1986.92.19 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 48A


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Herzl Emanuel carved Head of the Prophet soon after he returned from a year spent in Palestine. The sculpture was probably inspired by the story of Salome, who asked King Herod for the head of John the Baptist on a salver. The geometric shapes, straight lines, and distorted angles of this piece reflect Emanuel’s interest in cubism.

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About Herzl Emanuel

Born: Scranton, Pennsylvania 1914 Died: Norwalk, Connecticut, 2002

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