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Inscription

on face of base below thumb: A Rodin; on face of base below little finger: La Main de Dieu offerte par le / Musée Rodin à Monsieur B. Gerald CANTOR

Provenance

Musée Rodin, Paris; gift 1973 to B. Gerald Cantor [1916-1996], Los Angeles;[1] Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, Los Angeles; gift 2011 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1903
Possibly Venice Biennale, Fifth Exhibition, 1903, no. 23 in Room L.
1948
Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917, Kunsthalle Basel, 1948.
1967
Possibly Mostri di Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Academia di Francia, Villa Medici, Rome, 1967, no. 21 (the dimensions in the catalogue do not match NGA 2011.100.1, although Gerald Cantor was told his plaster was shown in the exhibition).
1986
Rodin: The B. Gerald Cantor Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, no. 65, repro.