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After the sculpture by Hiram Powers (1805-1873)\n
"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.
Copeland, W. T. , 1847-1870
Gift of William Sumner Appleton
County of Staffordshire (England, United Kingdom) [county]