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This small terracotta represents a figure, although its zig-zag lower part was based on an idea Lipchitz had for a pedestal of another work. Its play with the correspondence between abstract shapes and parts of the human figure was doubtlessly inspired by certain types of African sculpture, of which Lipchitz was an avid collector.
This is the first of three studies for a work which was later enlarged to seven feet high at the request of a patron, though Lipchitz has said that he had not thought of such a change of scale when he first made this sketch.

August 2004