Sculptor - Edwin Deming
Title - Navaho Boy and Bear Cub
Sand Cast Bronze
Roman Bronze Works N.Y.
6 5/8" height by 12 1/2" length
(16.8 cm by 31.8 cm)
Edwin Deming lived among the Navaho, Zuni, and Hopi Indian tribes. He would return to these native peoples of New Mexico and Arizona for inspiration for most of his life. Deming sculpted very few bronzes of the native American people whom he found fascinating, preferring to concentrate on the animals of the west but his wife wrote eleven books on the Indian lore and customs. This wonderful bronze sculpture depicts a young Navaho boy trying to restrain his bear cub from eating the contents of a pot. Deming portrays the natural connection between the native people and the animals of their world very well in this sculpture. There is a look of affection on the boys face and his restraint is more of a hug than an attempt to control the cub. This very rare bronze was cast by the Roman Bronze Works of New York and dated 1910. It is finished in a deep dark brown patina.