1964, cast c.1964–6
578 x 442 x 255 mm
Inscribed ‘Moore 0/9’ on base and stamped ‘H. NOACK BERLIN’ on lower edge of sculpture
Presented by the artist 1978
Artist’s copy aside from an edition of 9
Technique and condition
How to citeRozmarijn van der Molen, 'Technique and Condition', March 2014, in Alice Correia, ‘Moon Head 1964, cast c.1964–6 by Henry Moore OM, CH’, catalogue entry, March 2014, in Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Research Publication, 2015, https://www
The outer edges of the sculpture are thin, akin to a knife-edge, and feature irregularly shaped gouges that extend towards the centre of each disc. One disc has a large round shape cut from its upper edge (fig.3), while the other disc has an elongated U-shaped notch cut into its lower right edge (fig.4). Although the sculpture was designed to be seen in the round, and has no obvious front or back, Moore did indicate in 1968 that he regarded the disc with the larger incision at its top as ‘the back’.1
Another example of Moon Head is held in the Singapore Art Museum (donated by the Sarah Lee Corporation). The remaining casts are believed to be in private collections. The original full-size plaster version is held in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, while the Henry Moore Foundation owns a porcelain version of Moon Head, which was cast in an edition of six plus one artist’s copy in 1964 (fig.11).
Affinities and influences
T03132; fig.14).12 In this sculpture, which was originally carved in wood, Hepworth positioned two vertically orientated discs ‘in echelon’, a term that refers to two parallel components where one is in advance of the other. Hepworth’s presentation of sculptural forms in echelon became a recurring compositional motif in her work, and Moore would certainly have been familiar with it.
The idea behind the inclusion of this piece is that the public will be made more receptive to ancient art if it is shown in relationship with that of our period; but it is pretty futile to do this with a work which, if anything, seems closer to Negro than to Cycladic art. In any event it is a shallow theory, for Classical art must be enjoyed on its own terms.16
The Henry Moore Gift
How to cite
Alice Correia, ‘Moon Head 1964, cast c.1964–6 by Henry Moore OM, CH’, catalogue entry, March 2014, in Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity, Tate Research Publication, 2015, https://www