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Locked in Death (Bear and Panther)

A work made of bronze with brown patina.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze with brown patina.


Modeled 1896, cast 1896–99


Edward Kemeys (American, 1843–1907)

About this artwork

While working in the engineering corps in New York’s Central Park, Edward Kemeys observed an artist at work in the zoo and was subsequently inspired to pursue animal sculpture. In 1872–73 he made his first of several trips west, living with Native Americans and trappers, and he based his work on his hunts and studies of wild animals in their natural habitats. Kemeys’s sculptures express the newly developed national interest in the extinction of certain species of wildlife, which were already endangered by westward expansion.


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Arts of the Americas


Edward Kemeys (Sculptor)


Locked in Death (Bear and Panther)


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Modeled 1896


Bronze with brown patina


17.8 × 34.3 × 16.5 cm (7 × 13 1/2 × 6 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Margaret S. Watson

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