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Untitled (Head)

Nancy Elizabeth Prophet

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
At a time when there were few professional African American artists, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and carved powerful sculptures in hardwood, such as Untitled (Head). The artist, who endured decades of poverty and hunger in order to pursue her career, produced works characterized by somber dignity and idealized but expressive facial features. This sculpture is one of only about a dozen known works by Prophet still in existence.
MEDIUM Wood
DATES ca. 1930
DIMENSIONS head without base: 12 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 7 in. (31.8 x 16.5 x 17.8 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Incised signature behind proper right ear
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 2014.3
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Saundra Williams-Cornwell
RIGHTS STATEMENT Orphaned work
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CAPTION Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (American, 1890-1960). Untitled (Head), ca. 1930. Wood, head without base: 12 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 7 in. (31.8 x 16.5 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Saundra Williams-Cornwell, 2014.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.3_front_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE front, 2014.3_front_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (American, 1890-1960). <em>Untitled (Head)</em>, ca. 1930. Wood, head without base: 12 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 7 in. (31.8 x 16.5 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Saundra Williams-Cornwell, 2014.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.3_front_PS9.jpg)