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Greek Slave Figurine

1931.70 (RS32500)

Description

After the sculpture by Hiram Powers (1805-1873)\n

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Hiram Powers found his greatest success with his life-size sculpture, the Greek Slave, of which he made six copies. The figure represented victims of the Greek War of Independence, when Greek women were enslaved and sold in Turkish markets. The figure, as Powers saw her, although nude, rose above her captivity with an inner strength and calm brought on by her belief in God. For a culture notoriously prudish, this was a daring image, but it became so popular that thousands of copies were sold in bronze and plaster and, like this one, in Parian, a type of lightly glazed porcelain that imitated marble.<br/>
Maker
Copeland, W. T. , 1847-1870
Date
1852
Material
porcelain
Object type
Art
Places
County of Staffordshire (England, United Kingdom) [county]
Descriptive terms
Figurine
figurines
porcelain
Porcelain
Accession Number
1931.70
Credit Line
Gift of William Sumner Appleton
GUSN
33806

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