Edmonia Lewis (c 1844- c 1907) Minnehaha, 1868
A highly important carved marble bust of the character Minnehaha from H. W. Longfellow's 1855 poem 'The Song of Hiawatha' sculpted in 1868 by 'Mary' Edmonia Lewis, the country's first professional African-American and Indian-American artist, and considered to be in the top 100 most important African-Americans ever.
Other examples of this sculpture currently reside in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute, the Newark Museum, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art. Including this bust, there are only 8 known examples still in existence, the majority residing in the aforementioned museum collections and a few in private hands.
Lewis's story is a fascinating one and her accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable when taking into account the extremely limited opportunities for Blacks living in America around the time of the Civil War. She was so successful in her early career that she managed to travel to Italy to further her artistic education and development, and there, in Rome, is where she produced this sculpture.
The sculpture is signed on the base, noted 'Fecit a Rome', and dated '1868'. An absolute treasure for collectors of African-American, American, and even Native-American art, and without sounding trite, truly a museum quality sculpture.
Corner chip to the base where the title is located. An estimate to have this section restored has been received at $400.
WIDTH: 6 in | HEIGHT: 12¼ in | DEPTH: 4½ in
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