Statue of the Indian Girl; or The Dawn of Christianity, (sculpture)
Palmer, Erastus Dow
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 6
On the 17th of September, 1856, this work was completed, it having been since the 15th of September, 1853, . . . PALMER'S INDIAN GIRL. . . . The statue is an attempt to represent the impression made upon an Indian girl by the sudden discovery of a crucifix while wandering alone in the forest. The most beautiful and refined of her tribe, she has stolen away from the vulgar and cruel sports of her companions, and ranges through the woodpaths with half conscious delight, . . . She stands arrested, the whole frame vibrating with fullness of life, holding the crucifix with the figure of the Savior tenderly in her open right hand. The left hand has fallen to her side and feebly clasps the bunch of feathers she has gathered; the face is fixed with an entire absorption upon the new found treasure, . . . The maiden, hitherto taught by simple nature, stands on the threshold of womanhood, and Christianity, . . . . . . It is not a mere cross or emblem: it is a figure of the crucified Redeemer, that transfixes her gaze, . . . Atlas and Argus. [Pp. 10-13; excerpted from a detailed discussion of the statue and its meaning. Entry includes a 3-page poem on the statue by Alfred B. Street.]
Catalogue of the Palmer Marbles, at the Hall Belonging to the Church of the Divine Unity, 548 Broadway, New York, November, 1856. Albany: J. Munsell, 78 State Street. 1856.