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Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret, 1943, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albert M. Bender Collection, Albert M. Bender Bequest Fund Purchase

Guardians of the Secret represents a nearly complete synthesis of Pollock's sources, with imagery rooted in archaic forms. Two Northwest Indian totems flank the sides, on the bottom is a dog reminiscent of the jackal-god of the ancient Egyptian underworld, and an African mask, a scarablike embryo, and a rooster line up like relics across the top. In the center, there is a densely inscribed slab reminiscent of ancient tombs.


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