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Mask of Hanako

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917

Made in France, Europe

Modeled c. 1907; executed 1911

Pâte-de-verre (ground glass refired in a mold)

8 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches (21.9 x 12.1 x 8.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

* Rodin Museum, North Gallery

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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Pâte-de-verre, a sculptural process in which small pieces of ground glass are placed in a mold and fired, creates translucent works with realistic coloring and lifelike qualities. Popular with the ancient Egyptians, the technique was revived in the early twentieth century. Rodin experimented with the medium, using it for portraits of important women in the his life.

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