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Maker(s):Mbatha, Azaria
Culture:South African (1941- )
Title:The Angel of the Lord
Date Made:ca. 1960's - 1972
Materials:linoleum cut from three blocks
Measurements:sheet: 13 13/16 in x 15 1/2 in ; 35.1 cm x 39.4 cm; block: 11 7/16 in x 13 13/16 in ; 29.1 cm x 35.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1972.19
Credit Line:Gift of Ralph C. McGoun (Class of 1927)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Against a purple background stands a brown tree at the center; its branches, like vines, curve in all directions to take up the whole space. The tree's brown and white leaves intermingle. Above the tree is a dark-skinned figure with orange clothing and large orange wings that cover the top layer of the tree. White arrow shapes protrude from the wings, pointing towards the sky. Below the tree are four dark-skinned figures in orange clothing, the largest figure on the left standing alone while the other three figures trail behind, holding up the train of the leading figure's robe. The figures are all only depicted with their upper bodies, above the waist.

art; drawing; painting; color theory; African; trees; narrative; symbolism; figures; perspective; anger; wings; arrows; orange; pink; cultural appropriation; shape; exterior

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