Head of the Prophet

Media - 1986.92.19 - SAAM-1986.92.19_1 - 10171
Copied Herzl Emanuel, Head of the Prophet, 1935, stone, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.19

Artwork Details

Title
Head of the Prophet
Date
1935
Dimensions
15 589 1210 12 in. (39.724.226.7 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost
Mediums Description
stone
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure — head
Object Number
1986.92.19

Artwork Description

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.