Parviz Tanavoli The Prophet 1962/63

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Spot the shapes

This sculpture is made up of many different shapes. Point out the ones that stand out to you!

The artist named this sculpture The Prophet. A prophet is someone who shares a special spiritual message. If this sculpture could talk, what do you think it might say? Which part of the sculpture would do the talking?

Kids label from 2024
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Working in Tehran and in Minneapolis in the early 1960s, Tanavoli forged a new sculptural idiom. Drains, faucets, padlocks, latticework, and tube-like sections first sculpted in wax or clay, then cast in bronze, comprise his sculpture from this period. This additive use of commonplace motifs or popular imagery earned his artistic circle the name Saqqakhaneh—a Persian term referring to commemorative public water fountains often densely decorated and surrounded by metal grills.

Gallery label from 2017
26 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 4" (67.9 x 16.5 x 10.1 cm) including base
The Ben and Abby Grey Foundation
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©️ Parviz Tanavoli
Painting and Sculpture

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