Reg Butler Circe Head 1952–3

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Artist
Reg Butler 1913–1981
Title
Circe Head
Date 1952–3
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 430 x 235 x 215 mm, 10.8 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Gytha Trust 1984
Reference
T03867
Not on display

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This sculpture is titled after Circe, the sorceress of Greek mythology who turned Odysseus’s men into pigs. The misshapen head looks like a joint of meat with wires and nails protruding from it. It is also unmistakeably reminiscent of a brutalised phallus and may reflect Butler’s attitude towards women and his perception of their power over men.

July 2008

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