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Paul Manship
Playfulness
1912, cast 1914
bronze on marble base
13 3/8 x 12 5/8 x 7 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist



The bond between mother and child blends past, present, and future in an unchanging cycle of existence. The soft patina of the surface, ranging in color from deep browns to delicate greens, gives an ancient quality to the sculpture's modern form.