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Edmonia Lewis (American, c. 1844-1907)
marble, Overall: 76.2 x 48.3 x 36.5 cm (30 x 19 x 14 5/16 in). American Painting and Sculpture Sundry Purchase Fund and Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2011.110
Lewis studied at Oberlin College and apprenticed with a sculptor in Boston before relocating to Rome in 1866. Of Native American (Ojibwe) and African American ancestry, she became the first non-white American sculptor to achieve international renown. Lewisâ€™s most popular works were Native American subjects, readily purchased by patrons on both sides of the Atlantic. Indian Combat, a spiraling composition with three intertwined figures, ranks as her most dynamic and complex creation. Although Lewisâ€™s Native American subjects typically exist in multiple versions, this example appears to be unique.
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