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Sphinx on The Four Continents: Africa Sculpture - NYC, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 40° 42.261 W 074° 00.825
18T E 583315 N 4506405
Quick Description: This sphinx is featured on one of four sculputres by Daniel Chester French on the steps of the former U.S. Custom House which is now the National Museum of the American Indian.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2013 6:07:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMJKQR
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 1

Long Description:
The former U.S. Custom House, now a Museum, Court and Archives, was constructed 1902–1907. The Beaux-Arts style building is chock full of scultures, reliefs and murals. Four large sculptures on the front steps represent the four continents of Asia, Europe, America and Africa. This one represents Africa. The artist is Daniel Chester French.
The Smithsonian Inventory (visit link) provides this description:

"Medium: Sculpture: Tennessee marble; Base: granite.

Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. 9 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. x 11 ft.; Base: approx. 8 ft. x 7 ft. 4 in. x 10 ft. 2 in.

Inscription: D.C. French Sc./A.A. Weinman Asst. signed

Description: A seated, semi-nude female figure, with head lowered as though sleeping. Proper right arm is resting on head of the Sphinx, left arm is resting on a lion."
Statue Name: The Four Continents: Africa Sculpture

Style: Egyptian

Medium: Sculpture: Tennessee marble; Base: granite.

Head Type: Man

Website: [Web Link]

Street Address:
1 Bowling Green
New York City, NY USA


Specify Other Head: Not listed

Head Namesake: Not listed

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