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Herma

Herma
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Artist
Man Ray, born Philadelphia, PA 1890-died Paris, France 1976
Date
1975
Type
Sculpture
Medium
bronze on wood base
Dimensions
14 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 in. (35.8 x 11.7 x 7.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Juliet Man Ray
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
1983.105.5
Luce Center Label
The distorted figure of Herma was originally carved in 1919 from marble. In Greek mythology, a herma or herm is a primitive fertility statue of the Greek god Hermes. Man Ray emphasized fertility and the female anatomy by exaggerating the woman’s rounded stomach and thighs. The title of this piece and the way the artist chose to carve the figure without complete arms and legs evokes an archaic sculpture that has been ruined by time.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
Usage
Not determined