Seymour Lipton, The Defender, 1962, nickel silver on Monel metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1976.52
Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008
The Defender is part of Seymour Lipton's series The Hero with Many Faces. The sculptor was inspired by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces, a book published in 1949 that traces the stories of heroes in classical mythology. Lipton portrayed The Defender in profile to evoke the ancient sculptures of winged monsters that symbolically defended the walls of Mesopotamian palaces. These towering creatures, called lamassu, formed an intimidating "escort" for those who entered the city's gates.
Luce Object Quote"Each and 'everyman' is a 'hero' seeking some fulfillment." Seymour Lipton
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79 3/4 x 38 7/8 x 32 1/8 in. (202.5 x 98.8 x 81.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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- nickel silver on Monel metal
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