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Saïd Abdullah of the Mayac, Kingdom of the Darfur (Sudan)
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Saïd Abdullah of the Mayac, Kingdom of the Darfur (Sudan)


Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Cordier submitted a plaster cast of the bust of an African visitor to Paris to the Salon of 1848, and two years later he again entered it as a bronze. A young African woman served as the model for the companion piece in 1851 (Walters 54.2665). Regarded by 19th-century viewers as powerful expressions of nobility and dignity in the face of grave injustice, these sculptures proved to be highly popular: casts were acquired by the Museum of National History in Paris and also by Queen Victoria. The Walters' pair were cast by the Paris foundry Eck and Durand in 1852.
Exhibitions
  • The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
Provenance Shepherd Gallery, New York; Walters Art Museum, 1991, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1991

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Period
1848
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2664
Measurements
H: 16 9/16 x W: 10 1/16 in. (42 x 25.5 cm); H with Base: 20 1/16 × W: 10 1/16 × D: 7 5/16 in. (51 × 25.5 × 18.5 cm)
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