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The Kong Forest

Accession Number
1987/1.252.3

Title
The Kong Forest

Artist(s)
Eliot Porter

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1980; printed 1984

Medium & Support
dye transfer print on paper

Dimensions
14 1/4 in x 17 11/16 in (36.2 cm x 44.93 cm);18 1/8 in x 21 1/16 in (46.04 cm x 53.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Clayton E. Wilhite

Subject matter
This photograph shows a scene in a wooded park where ancient tombstones and monuments reside alongside the trees. Two, large, stone animals stand in the center of the image, one a horse and the other a ram. Despite being pocked and stained with age, they are wholly intact, and seem to stare calmly and resolutely off-frame. The ram lies in a soft bed of leafy greens. The serene, unconcerned expression of the sculptures paired with the cascading greens of the forest floor and vine-covered trees lends this image a strong sense of tranquility and silence.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a forested scene with two large, stone animals occupying the center of the frame.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Ancient Chinese
Asia
Plants
cemeteries
forests (plant communities)
graveyards
modern and contemporary art
sculpture
sculpture (visual works)
tombstones (sepulchral monuments)
trees
woods

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Nature in Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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