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Bust of Pocahontas

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Bust of Pocahontas

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Joseph Mozier
American, 1812–1870

Date

1848

Medium

Marble

Accession #

2010.74

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

The legend of Pocahontas, the Native American princess who saved the life of Jamestown settler Captain John Smith, is today considered more fiction than fact. However, in the 1800s, this tale of an Indian maiden who converted to Christianity, married a white colonist, and moved with him to England captured the imagination of many artists. The theme became particularly popular with Neoclassical sculptors. Mozier depicted Pocahontas wandering through the woods with her pet deer—symbolic of her untamed nature—and pausing to contemplate the significance of a cross.

Credit

Gift of the West Foundation in honor of Gudmund Vigtel and Michael E. Shapiro