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Ira Aldridge as Othello, Shakespeare Statue by Calvi - $325 (Las Vegas(Rainbow/Vegas Drive)) Ad id: 2705133647864180 |  Views: 155

Price: 325 USD
One statue of Othello from the famous play by William Shakespeare. I bought this statue at an Art Gallery in Charleston S.C in the early 1980's. The back of the statue says "Minnesota Minning" and MFG 1960. This is a very "stunning" statue to view and I hope the pictures do it justice. Most people viewing it have no knowledge of its connection to the classic play by Shakespeare, but they are still moved by it. If you are familiar with the play and know the significance of the handkerchief which Othello holds, his black skin ("The Black Moor from Venice") against the white robe, then the statue will hit you even harder and I believe you will experience "Aesthetic Arrest."The original was made by artist Pietro Calvi in 1868. It's marble and bronze and was originally named Othello, but now has been retitled Portrait of Ira Aldridge as Othello. Mr. Aldridge 1807-1867, was the first black actor to play Othello and became world famous as a great Shakespearean actor. The bust resides at the Schomburg Center in New York, which is part of the New York Public Library System. They purchased the piece in 1934, and the statue is "...a visual symbol of the center." There are other versions of this work by Calvi, including one that belongs to the Iziko Center in South Africa. What looks like a smaller version made by Calvi was paired with another work by him and sold for $97,400 in March of 2010. Then the other work, named Selika, was sold separately for over $100,000 about a year later. I don't understand the price inflation unless it was simply because of the worldwide recession/depression in 2010. Dimensions: Approx. 20 inches height x 14 inches wide x 12 inches depth.Weight: Just under 19 lbsI live in Las Vegas near the intersection of Rainbow and Vegas drive (Northwest Vegas). You can contact me by phone, text, or email: (Seven 0 Two) 576-3730.. Thank you for looking. Location: Las Vegas(Rainbow/Vegas Drive)

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