Head of a King

Moore, Henry
This sculpture shares the same form as the male head that features in Moore's famous sculpture 'King and Queen', 1952-53, which was possibly created to celebrate the impending coronation of Elizabeth II. Moore describes the head as a 'combination of crown, beard and face symbolising a mixture of primitive kingship and a kind of animal, Pan-like quality ... bringing out the contrast between human grace and the concept of power in primitive kingship.' The beak-like nose and majestic pose reveal the influence of the totemic and ethnic sculptures that Moore saw at the British Museum as a young artist. Lizzie Wright
  • Artwork Details: 58.4 x 48.3 x 20.3cm
  • Edition: edition of 1
  • Material description: bronze
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015
  • Theme: Portrait
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  • Accession number: ACC5/1963



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