The Hall of Mollusks and Mankind
In December 1975 the American Museum of Natural History opened the Hall of Mollusks and Mankind, presenting exhibits on the significant role of mollusks in human culture and economy. Knowing that the artist Henry Moore drew on mollusk shapes in his work, the Museum wrote to Moore who offered to donate this small—just over seven inches tall—sculpture to the Museum for inclusion in this exhibition. The cast plaster figure, with a skirt modeled on an oyster shell (also donated to the Museum), was presented as the centerpiece of the small permanent hall in a freestanding, cylindrical exhibition case.
Written by AMNH staff