About this artwork
Hermon Atkins MacNeil first became interested in Native American culture after viewing the ethnographic displays at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Modeled several years later while MacNeil lived in Rome, The Sun Vow portrays a young Native American undergoing a rite of manhood while under the tutelage of an older warrior: after shooting an arrow skyward at the sun, the boy and his mentor follow its ascent in the sky. The sculpture displays the artist’s desire to blend anthropological accuracy with the idealized beauty of the ancient sculptures that he studied in Rome.
- Hermon Atkins MacNeil (Sculptor)
- The Sun Vow
- United States
- Cast 1901
- H.: 176.5 cm (69 1/2 in.)
- Bequest of Howard Van Doren Shaw