Dora Gordine
Javanese Head 1931

Artwork details

Dora Gordine 1895–1991
Javanese Head
Date 1931
Medium Bronze on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 458 x 210 x 275 mm, 11 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Hon. Richard Hare 1933
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

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During the 1920s and 1930s, Gordine worked on a series of sculptures that represent the physiognomic characteristics of different races. Javanese Head was modelled in the Far East. Gordine travelled to Singapore in 1929, after being commissioned to make six bronze heads to decorate the Town Hall in Singapore. The six heads were intended to represent the different nationalities living in the Malay Peninsula.

Dora Gordine was born in St. Petersburg in 1906 and died in London in 1991.

August 2004

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