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Mask of Hanako (Ohta Hisa, 1868–1945)

Artist:
Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Founder:
Cast by Alexis Rudier (French)
Date:
modeled 1908, cast probably before 1950
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, on a black marble base
Dimensions:
H. w/base 8-1/4 in. (21 cm.); H. w/out base 6 in. (15.2 cm.); W. 4-1/2 in. (11.4 cm.); D. 3-3/4 in. (9.5 cm.)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.364.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
The mask is part of a series of sculptures and drawings of Ohta Hisa (1868–1945), a Japanese actress known as Hanako. Rodin portrayed her in various moods, and there is some evidence that he planned to use one of the masks as a model for a portrait of Beethoven, but apparently he never pursued the project.
Signature: On the left side of the neck: A Rodin

Marking: Below signature: .A. Rudier/.FondParis
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)
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