Herma

  • Man Ray, Herma, 1975, wood, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Juliet Man Ray, 1983.105.5

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The distorted figure of Herma was originally carved in 1919 from marble. In Greek mythology, a herma or herm is a primitive fertility statue of the Greek god Hermes. Man Ray emphasized fertility and the female anatomy by exaggerating the woman’s rounded stomach and thighs. The title of this piece and the way the artist chose to carve the figure without complete arms and legs evokes an archaic sculpture that has been ruined by time.

Title
Herma
Artists
Date
1975
On View
Dimensions
14 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 in. (35.8 x 11.7 x 7.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Juliet Man Ray

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Figure female – nude
Object Number
1983.105.5
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