Commemorative Portrait Head (Primary Title)
Slightly less than life-size, this beautiful head is naturalistically modeled and has a serene face; its elaborate hairdo probably imitates the hairstyle of the person commemorated. Minor damage and weathering of the surface from years of exposure do not detract from its radiant, noble bearing.
"Spirit of the Motherland." Roanoke: Museum of Western Virginia. September 1995- January 1996. Newport News: Peninsula Fine Arts Center. January- May 1996.
Barriault, Anne B., and Kay M. Davidson. Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (pp 2-3)
"Cultural Crossroads: A New Look at African Art." American Legacy: The Magazine of African-American History and Culture. Summer 2002. (p.17-20)
Woodward, Richard B. African Art: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2000. (p. 8-9)
Richard B. Woodward, African Art (Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1994) pp. 8-9, ill.
Anne Barriault, Selections Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1997) p. 37, ill. (color).
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