c. 1870: Preliminary model of the Statue of Liberty

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Terracotta Liberty 1Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904). Statue of Liberty, ca. 1870

The sculpture, is made from terracotta.  The 19 3/8 inch maquette is estimated to have a date of ca. 1870.

This image above shows what may be a broken shackle in her hand, and the close up below shows what appears to be chains coming out from the Statue’s robe.  However, the Museum has no documentation to  interpret the symbolism of these chains.

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