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Marshall Fredericks with "The Lion and Mouse" at Eastland Center in Harper Woods, Michigan

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Title

Marshall Fredericks with "The Lion and Mouse" at Eastland Center in Harper Woods, Michigan

Subject

Animal sculpture--20th century.
Bronze sculpture, American--20th century.
Limestone sculpture
Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998
Outdoor sculpture--United States.
Public sculpture, American
Shopping malls--United States.

Description

This sculpture illustrates the well known Aesop Fable of “The Lion and the Mouse.” Fredericks’ rendition depicts the end of the story in which the tiny mouse returns the king of the jungle’s kindness by saving him from a hunter’s trap.

The J. L. Hudson Company commissioned this sculpture for Eastland Center in Harper Woods, Michigan. Like many of Fredericks’ sculptures, he designed it specifically for children.

Both animals possess humanized friendly facial expressions. The lion is reclining in a human-like position with crossed legs and his stylized round head and mane feature uniformly coiled ringlets. These artistic intentions make the “king of the jungle” appealing to all.

Creator

Hartwick, Maurice C.

Source

Marshall M. Fredericks Papers
Series V, Box 15 Folder 38

Date

n.d.

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the creator.

Relation

V-15-38

Format

image/jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

9364

Coverage

Harper Woods (Mich.)

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Original Format

Black and white print

Physical Dimensions

8" x 10"

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