Henry Moore OM, CH
Helmet Head and Shoulders 1952, cast date unknown

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Henry Moore OM, CH 1898–1986
Helmet Head and Shoulders
Date 1952, cast date unknown
Medium Bronze on slate base
Dimensions Object (Incl. base): 190 x 205 x 150 mm, 4 kg
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1978
On loan to Museo Nazionale Romano - Baths of Diocletian (Rome, Italy)

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British sculptor Henry Moore once described the helmet motif as ‘a recording of things inside other things’. It was related to a major theme in his work: the mother and child. While some of Moore’s sculptures present this relationship as benign and nurturing, other works suggest something more mysterious and ambiguous. Although the protective wings gently envelop the interior void, the toothed visor and claw shape impart a sense of menace, even aggression. The scuffed patina implies some ancient, battle-scarred creature.

Henry Moore was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire in 1898 and died near Much Hadham, Hertfordshire in 1986.

August 2004

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