Pocahontas

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

1868

Artist:

Joseph Mozier
American, 1812–1870

About this artwork

Between 1848 and 1870, Joseph Mozier carved several depictions of Pocahontas, a subject of great popularity in 19th-century America. Born around 1595, Pocahontas achieved legendary status for saving the life of Captain John Smith, an English explorer, in 1608. Taken to the Jamestown settlement, she converted to Christianity and was baptized with the name Rebecca. Mozier’s sculpture depicts the moment of Pocahontas’s spiritual conversion. For Mozier, Pocahontas’s acceptance of the Christian faith signaled the superiority of Western civilization over the native culture. By showing Pocahontas alone, Mozier related the sculpture to the 19th-century desire to view her as a child of nature, whose Christianity came from within rather than through European contact.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Joseph Mozier

Title

Pocahontas

Origin

Rome

Date

1868

Medium

Marble

Inscriptions

Signed, dated, and inscribed (on the base): "J. MOZIER. Sc:/ROME. 1868" Titled (on the base): "POCAHONTAS"

Dimensions

H.: 121.8 cm (48 in.)

Credit Line

The Roger McCormick and J. Peter McCormick funds

Reference Number

1997.366

Extended information about this artwork

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