Man in Lion Costume | Akira Blount

Man in Lion Costume

1993
cotton, wool, buttons, and beads;
stitched and painted
61 x 22 x 29 cm (24 x 9 x 12 in.) (seated)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

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This jointed doll with a lion mask lifts to reveal a human face and represents the qualities of leadership symbolized by the lion in art and literature. Blount associates the lion with Aslan, a character in C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, who embodies the attributes of love, compassion, and sacrifice. The mask suggests the human traits that animals often seem to possess.

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Man in Lion Costume (Detail)

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Without touching this doll, you would never know the secrets it possess.--Michael Monroe

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