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Crucifixion

Raymond Coins

Artwork Details

Crucifixion
circa 1985
Raymond Coins
stone relief
18 5/16 x 11 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (46.5 x 30 x 4 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
2002/1.215

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

Born near Stuart, Virginia, Raymond Coins moved to an area near Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of ten. Working as a farmer most of his life, Coins retired in 1970 and began carving stone figures. Creating art for twenty years, Coins stopped carving in 1990 because of his advanced age. His statuettes and tableaux have been included in numerous art exhibitions.
Perhaps most famous for creating his statuettes or "doll babies," Coins created images of animals, dreams, and some Christian images. Crucifixion depicts the figure of Christ on a cross guarded by an angel on either side. The rendering of Christ’s body is unusual, because his legs are not together and one can not see the post of the cross behind him. The cross also appears to be glowing, perhaps pointing to Christ’s divine nature.

Lindsay Meehan
Modern and Contemporary Art Intern
2002

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