William Wetmore Story’s marble “Cleopatra” 1878

William Wetmore Story's marble "Cleopatra", 1878
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William Wetmore Story's marble "Cleopatra", 1878
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William Wetmore Story's marble "Cleopatra", 1878
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William Wetmore Story's marble "Cleopatra" 1878
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At the High Museum. Looking around the internet there appear to be several of these sculptures. One at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is from 1869. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has another from 1860. How many are there? The marble is supposed to be of Cleopatra contemplating her suicide, and perhaps that is a reason that a breast is conspicuously uncovered, the story being that she died of an asp bite to her breast. Though she is supposed to be contemplating her suicide, it was only from one stance, her left side, that I was able to get an angle that looked even vaguely suggestive of an individual not simply meditating on dishes which are sitting in the kitchen sink after a satisfying dinner or a new pair of shoes that make her feet hurt, which is odd to me. What I saw in the sculpture, which led me to give it the dark treatment I have, was a forerunner of Hollywood silent film epics. And the pose and the drapery is lovely. But, though I have read her described as “severe”, this Cleopatra seems nearly absent of expression. In her mood I comprehend neither loss or gain, grief or satisfaction.

Bella Coola Mask (Tinted Black and White) – American Museum of Natural History

Bella Coola Mask - American Museum of Natural History
Bella Coola Mask (Tinted Black and White) – American Museum of Natural History
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NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
Catalog No: 16 / 1416 Field No: 189
Culture: BELLA COOLA
Locale: BC
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD, BARK (CEDAR)
Dimensions: L:39 W:52 [in CM]
Subject: NUSNE’NEG’ALS
Acquisition Year: 1897
Donor: HUNT, GEORGE & BOAS, FRANZ, PROF.
Collector: HUNT AND BOAS?

Shaman Figure – American Museum of Natural History

Shaman Figure - American Museum of Natural History
FIGURE, SHAMAN’S, LARGE
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
Catalog No: 16 / 4946 Field No: 56
Culture: QUINAULT
Locale: WA
Regions: NORTHWEST COAST, OREGON SEABOARD, PLATEAU
Country: USA
Material: WOOD
Dimensions: W:35 H:169 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1898 (EXPEDITION)
Donor: FARRAND, LIVINGSTON
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Figure in Mask and Bear Fur Hide – American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History
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MASK
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
Catalog No: 16 / 947
Locale: BC, VANCOUVER ISLAND
Country: CANADA
Material: WOOD
Dimensions: L:50 W:20 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 (GIFT)
Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.

FUR, BEAR
NORTH AMERICAN ETHNOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
Catalog No: 16 / 948
Locale: BC, VANCOUVER ISLAND
Country: CANADA
Material: HIDE, FUR (BEAR)
Dimensions: L:107 W:165 [in CM]
Acquisition Year: 1869-1890 (GIFT)
Donor: BISHOP, HEBER R.

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