Sleeping Coon Cat

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

Artwork Details

Sleeping Coon Cat
ca. 1964
5 149 188 14 in. (13.323.221.0 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Tessim Zorach
Mediums Description
cast and patinated plaster
  • Animal — cat
Object Number

Artwork Description

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.