The Idol Maker. Herbert Ward (1863-1919). Bronze. 1910. 61.0 cm. Collection: Amgueddfa Cymru Caerdydd [National Museum of Wales, Cardiff] Accession number: NMW A 320. The chat label in the gallery explains that “this bronze is the work of Goscombe John's friend Herbert Ward, who travelled widely in central Africa. Shortly before European sculptors became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of African art, Ward wrote ‘I feel deeply inside myself a feeling of fraternal pity for the Congolese people . . . . it was only in sculpture that I could portray the African native’” — here a fellow sculptor. [Click on these images to enlarge them.]

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