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Barbara Hepworth
Small Hieroglyph (BH 268)
Stamped '2/10' (on underside)
Polished bronze
4 ¼ x 4 x 3 ½ ins
10.8 x 10.2 x 8.9 cm
Ed. 2 of 10

Small Hieroglyph comprises a base cast from a Cornish pebble and an incised surface perfectly balanced atop, as if weightless. Although relatively small, the use of bronze gives the work a weight that contrasts the placement of the two elements.

Text on working practice, c.1959:

Rarely satisfied with a bronze cast unless have had the opportunity to work the surface myself.

- Barbara Hepworth

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Barbara Hepworth, Small Hieroglyph
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