H. w/base 4 in. (10.2 cm.); H. w/out base 2-7/8 in. (7.3 cm.); W. 1-1/4 in. (3.2 cm.); D. 1-1/2 in. (3.8 cm.)
Gift of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 1984
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800
Nijinsky posed for Rodin in 1912, shortly after the sculptor had defended his controversial ballet L'Après-midi d'un faun in an editorial in Le Matin. Nijinsky's sittings were cut short and a sculpture never completed. This head as well as a statuette of the dancer (see 1991.446), were cast after Rodin's death.
Signature: On the neck: A. Rodin/N.8
Marking: On the bronze base: G. Rudier./Fond. Paris
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation (until 1984; to MMA)