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PAUL MANSHIP | Indian Hunter

150,000 - 250,000 USD
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  • Paul Manship
  • Indian Hunter
  • inscribed Paul Manship./© 1914 (on the base) and inscribed ROMAN BRONZE WORK N.Y. (along the base)
  • bronze with brown patina
  • height: 12 3/4 inches (32.4 cm)


Private collection, 1980s
Gift to the present owner from the above 


Paul Vitry, Paul Manship, Sculpteur Americain, 1927, p. 38, pls. 31-32, illustration of another example
A.E. Gardner, American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1965, p. 151, no. 48.149.28, illustration of another example
John Manship, "Paul Manship: A Biographical Sketch," Paul Manship: Changing Taste in America, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1985, illustration of another example p. 136
Harry Rand, Paul Manship, Washington, D.C., 1989, pp. 36, 40, illustration of another example
John Manship, Paul Manship, New York, 1989, pp. 55, 67
J. Conner and J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, pp. 135, 138-39, illustration of another example
Susan Rather, Archaism, Modernism, and the Art of Paul Manship, Austin, Texas, 1993, illustration of another example p. 105
Gerald Peters, Paul Manship and His Circle, New York, 2006, illustration of another example p. 14

Catalogue Note

Recognzied as an emergent talent at the age of 23, Paul Manship was awarded a three year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 1909. While there, he developed an appreciation for Archaic Greek Art, defined by its naturalistic style, which reflected influences from Egypt and India. Drawing on this tradition, Manship translated the Greek aesthetic into a unique vision that bridges the gap between the traditional and modern. The artist's primary concern lay in the purity of form, where each element was considered and perfected to achieve a manifestation that was distinctly naturalistic, yet simplified and contemporary. 

Modeled and cast in 1914, Indian Hunter is a beautiful example of Manship's talent of rendering human form in a fashion that is simultaneously classical and modern. Manship created Indian Hunter as a companion piece to Pronghorn Antelope (Fig. 1) and initially designed the two sculptures as a pair for two pedestals that flanked the mantelpiece in his New York apartment. Indian Hunter and Pronghorn Antelope depict Manship’s unique interpretation of the third labor (The Cerynian Hind) of Herakles, or Hercules, as told through Greek mythology. He emphasizes the power of the flowing line both with the figure, recast as a Native American, and the animal, recast as an antelope. Small-scale statuettes such as these were popular for interior decoration, and the pair became one of Manship's most commercial designs.  Indian Hunter and Pronghorn Antelope were cast in an edition of fifteen. At least eleven of the editions are in museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Illinois, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.