Susanna

  • Edris Eckhardt, Susanna, 1945, terra cotta, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Paul A. Nelson in honor of Henry and Lillian Steinberg, 1984.136.2

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Edris Eckhardt created many ceramic sculptures inspired by religious characters, and this piece is based on the biblical story of Susanna. Two elders propositioned the young woman while she bathed, but she rejected their advances. The angry men falsely accused her of adultery, and Susanna was sentenced to death. This sculpture captures the moment when she emerges from the water, unaware that she is being watched. The dark, bronze-colored surface, together with the figure's exaggerated curves and dancer's pose, suggest an ancient image of fertility.

Title
Susanna
Artist
Date
1945
On View
Dimensions
18 3/4 x 7 x 6 5/8 in. (47.7 x 17.9 x 16.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Paul A. Nelson in honor of Henry and Lillian Steinberg

Mediums
Mediums Description
terra cotta
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – nude
  • Portrait female – Susanna
  • Figure female – knee length
  • Animal – fish
Object Number
1984.136.2
Palette
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