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Jonah

Jonah

1937

Viktor Schreckengost

(American, 1906-2008)

Glazed earthenware

Overall: 29.1 x 18.8 cm (11 7/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2010.3

Description

Cleveland was the leading center for producing figurative ceramic sculpture during the 1930s and '40s, and Schreckengost was among its most notable proponents. In this example, the artist drew inspiration from the Old Testament, depicting Jonah in prayer as he reclines precariously on the back of a mischievously grinning whale. Schreckengost perceived the humorous character in many of his sculptures of the period as an antidote to the grim conditions of the Great Depression.

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