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Bessie Stough Callender was inspired to sculpt Ram after visiting a "copious" exhibit of Persian art in London. She was so entranced by the sculptures and reliefs that she started researching and copying ancient depictions of animals. The compact form, stylized head, and large horns of Ram resemble the ancient Persian and Mesopotamian monuments that Callender saw during her studies and frequent visits to the Louvre Museum, in Paris. (Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953)

Credit: Bequest of Harold Callender

Ca. 1930
45.1 x 23.0 x 45.6 cm
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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