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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo courtesy Sotheby's.
Title:

The Old Arrow Maker


Artist: Edmonia Lewis (1844 - 1907)
Date: modeled 1866, carved ca. 1872
Dimensions:
20 x 14 x 14 in. (50.8 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm)
Medium: Marble
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2008.15
On View
Accession Number: 2008.15
ProvenancePrivate Collection; to (Sotheby's, New York, NY), May 22, 2008, sale no. N09449, lot 69; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2008
Label TextEdmonia Lewis created sculptures exploring racial themes in a style based on classical Greek and Roman ideals. The daughter of a Chippewa (Ojibwa) mother and an African American father, she was educated at Oberlin College, the first college in the United States open to African Americans, Native Americans, and women. Lewis eventually worked in Rome where she was warmly welcomed into a circle of American sculptors. Movement to Europe afforded Lewis opportunities that were not available to African Americans, Native Americans, and women in America.
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