Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Asia, The Four Continents

Asia, The Four Continents by Daniel Chester French, Custom House, Bowling Green, New York
Asia, The Four Continents by Daniel Chester French, 1903-1907
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, Bowling Green
New York, September 2008

See also: America - Europe - Africa (The Four Continents)

“When viewed from left to right, the first sculpture of the set is Asia. The central figure of this group is a calm woman, seated with eyes closed, her hands resting on her knees. On her lap there sits a small Buddha, and in one hand she holds a lotus flower, with a serpent wrapped around the stem. The bare feet of the central figure rest on a platform held up by a series of skulls. She is dressed in draping robes, and wears numerous necklaces. To her right is a tiger, sitting with its back to the viewer and its head turned, gazing up at the central figure. To her left are three additional figures: a boy kneeling, with his head down in prayer; an emaciated old man with his hands tied behind his back in slavery; a woman with a baby strapped to her back. The man and the woman stand bent over, leaning against the central figure for support.”
(The Four Continents, New York City Public Art Curriculum)

1 comment:

Regina said...

Great one!
Happy New Year!