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Image of Abraham Sacrificing Isaac

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Abraham Sacrificing Isaac

ca. 1820
19th c
10 3/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. x 5 in. (27.31 cm x 15.88 cm x 12.7 cm)

Staffordshire, England, English, b. mid 17th Century

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Europe, England, Staffordshire
Medium and Support: Earthenware with enamel decoration
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
Accession Number: 2005.105

This image represents one of the most highly dramatic moments in the Old Testament of the Bible. As a test of his faith, Abraham is asked by God to make the ultimate sacrifice - the sacrifice of his child Isaac. Just as Abraham was about to kill his son, God stops his hand in a gesture of divine mercy.

The numerous, seemingly insignificant details in this work - the modeling of the blades of grass and flowers to the rendering of the flames in the altar, and the inclusion of the lamb in the foreground - underscore the modeler's interest in creating a bridge between remote Biblical legends and the reality of the physical world surrounding us.

2003 - 2004: "Clay Bodies: Staffordshire Figurative Ceramics from the Collection of Dr. & Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld," October 4, 2003 - April 4, 2004, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Representational Earthenware sculpture

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  • H: 10 3/4; W: 6 1/4; D: 5 inches Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 5 in. (27.31 x 15.88 x 12.7 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: collectors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 2005

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