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Judith
1960
Chaim Gross

rosewood
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Renee and Chaim Gross

Although the face is typically masklike, the massive hair with its abrupt, horizontal termination and heavy, jagged form may symbolically allude to the weapon with which the biblical Judith slew Holofernes. The compact form, the high finish of the surface, and the sensitive integration of the wood grain with the shapes are hallmarks of Chaim Gross's work. At the sculptor's request, the Bedi-Rassey Foundry in Brooklyn produced at least two bronze casts from this carving.

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