Javanese Mother and Child

  • Paul Bogatay, Javanese Mother and Child, 1935, glazed ceramic, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Henrietta Cunningham Bogatay, Todd Bogatay, and Lucia Bogatay, 1988.94.1

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Paul Bogatay was inspired by his time spent at sea to create this dignified image of a native Javanese woman and her child. The viewer might imagine that this pair has just encountered foreigners, and while the child lightly clings to his mother, she stands tall and proud, confident and protective of her son. The artist won first prize for ceramic sculpture when he exhibited this naturalistic sculpture in the fifth Ceramic National Exhibition at the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts in 1936.

Title
Javanese Mother and Child
Artist
Date
1935
On View
Dimensions
22 x 6 7/8 x 5 1/4 in. (55.9 x 17.5 x 13.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Henrietta Cunningham Bogatay, Todd Bogatay, and Lucia Bogatay

Mediums
Mediums Description
glazed ceramic
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – family – mother and child
  • Ethnic – Javanese
  • Object – fruit
Object Number
1988.94.1
Palette
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