City Library and Graves Art Gallery
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
limestone - Portland
Sculpture on the top corner of the City Library and Graves Art Galleries. Description: "The central figure of this group represents Knowledge, bearing in his hands the choice of good and evil, shown by an ankh (Egyptian symbol of life) and the asp of ancient mythology. He is seated upon the world, beneath which flow "the waters under the earth", and is attended on either side by spirit messengers holding aloft flaming torches. The heavens are shown by seven concentric arches - the Cosmos of the ancients, in the form of a canopy - and the Tree of Knowledge, bearing the twelve symbolic fruits, for the background." from the Official Opening of the Building, 1934. Commission: Sheffield City Council.
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Sculptor. Ex-student at Sheffield School of Art.
Public art -- England -- Sheffield
Relief (Sculpture), English
Sculpture -- England -- Sheffield
Libraries -- England -- Sheffield
Egyptian revival (Art)
Symbolism in art