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Life Cast of the Hands and Face of Abraham Lincoln

Three-part bronze sculpture set of two clenched hands and a man's face with closed eyes and mouth, an object in one hand.
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  • Three-part bronze sculpture set of two clenched hands and a man's face with closed eyes and mouth, an object in one hand.

Date:

Cast in plaster 1860; cast in bronze by 1888

Artist:

Leonard Wells Volk
American, 1828–1895

About this artwork

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Leonard Wells Volk

Title

Life Cast of the Hands and Face of Abraham Lincoln

Origin

United States

Date

Cast 1888

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Inscribed, underside of face: A. LINCOLN. 1860 L. W. VOLK fecit
Inscribed, left hand at wrist: A. LINCOLN / L. W. VOLK / fecit / 1860
Inscribed, right hand at wrist: A. LINCOLN. / L. W. VOLK / fecit / 1860

Dimensions

Life Mask: 24.1 × 21 × 14 cm (9 1/2 × 8 1/4 × 5 7/8 in.); Right hand: 14.6 × 13 × 8.9 cm (5 3/4 × 5 1/8 × 3 1/2 in.); Left hand: 16.5 × 10.8 × 7.5 cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/4 × 2 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Leonard W. Volk

Reference Number

1891.77-79

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