A Jaguar

Edward Kemeys American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

America’s first animal sculptor, Kemeys studied his subjects in their native habitat during several expeditions to the American West. Here, the snarling beast resembles a coiled spring ready to propel itself toward an unknown threat. The enormous fangs, flexed tongue, flattened ears, and articulated claws digging into the rock produce an intimidating effect. The mark visible on many of Kemeys’s bronzes, a wolf’s head, is located near his signature.

A Jaguar, Edward Kemeys (American, Savannah, Georgia 1843–1907 Washington, D.C.), Bronze, American

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