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Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904 - 1988

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1948 (cast in bronze 1982)

Medium:
Bronze

Dimensions:
6 feet 6 1/2 inches × 33 inches × 23 inches (199.4 × 83.8 × 58.4 cm) Base: 24 3/4 × 26 3/8 inches (62.9 × 67 cm)

Copyright:
© The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum , New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2001-45-1

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, Inc., 2001

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Noguchi often found artistic sources in the mythologies of different cultures. Here, the title refers to one of the ten incarnations of the Hindu deity Vishnu, whose avatars (literally "descents") include the forms of a fish, tortoise, boar, and human-lion hybrid. Noguchi's creature possesses an ambiguous anatomy, but its powerful presence implies an underlying spirituality.