Nubian Goat

Media - 1967.50.11 - SAAM-1967.50.11_1 - 60730
Copied Anna Hyatt Huntington, Nubian Goat, 1936, cast aluminum, 7 3414 588 78 in. (19.837.122.5 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1967.50.11

Artwork Details

Nubian Goat
7 3414 588 78 in. (19.837.122.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Mediums Description
cast aluminum
  • Animal — goat
Object Number

Artwork Description

Ann Hyatt Huntington sculpted domestic and wild animals with equal skill, and was praised for her ability to capture their unique spirits. Her creatures leap, dance, fight, and play according to their natures. She liked to model them in arrested motion or in precarious stances. For instance, in Bears and Seal, the forward thrust of one bear and the arching back of the other communicates the hunger of the bears and the ferociousness they feel toward each other. Huntington’s Hound has a rough texture that makes him seem menacing and contrasts with the sinuous lines of his posture. He stands unsteadily on a small base---ready to pounce at any moment---and howls at the fierce wind. Huntington positioned the hound’s tail between his legs to signify his mood and to act as a structural support for his narrow forelegs.