Sleeping Coon Cat

  • William Zorach, Sleeping Coon Cat, ca. 1964, cast and patinated plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tessim Zorach, 1970.65.14

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William Zorach made this patinated plaster cast of Sleeping Coon Cat from an original carved directly in stone. The sculptor used the plaster in turn to make seven bronze casts. Coon cats are native to Maine, where Zorach lived for much of his life. The animal is a sturdy, outdoorsy breed with fur resembling that of a raccoon, that has adapted to the harsh winters of Maine. They are very intelligent and have a friendly nature, serving as excellent companions for people of all ages. Zorach captured this coon cat at a moment of rest, thus preserving the memory and loyalty of a family pet.

Title
Sleeping Coon Cat
Artist
Date
ca. 1964
On View
Dimensions
5 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (13.3 x 23.2 x 21.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Tessim Zorach

Mediums
Mediums Description
cast and patinated plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – cat
Object Number
1970.65.14
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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