The Sun Vow

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1898, cast 1901

Artist:

Hermon Atkins MacNeil
American, 1866–1947

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Hermon Atkins MacNeil

Title

The Sun Vow

Origin

United States

Date

1901

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H.: 176.5 cm (69 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Howard Van Doren Shaw

Reference Number

1926.1503

Extended information about this artwork

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