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Lot's Wife

Eftimiadi, Menegaki

Lot's Wife


1969 Gift of Mrs. Blanchette Rockefeller

The elegant, simple form of this sculpture was carved from white marble. "Lot's Wife" refers to the Old Testament (Genesis 19:26) story of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah which were destroyed by God because of the decadence of the inhabitants. One man, Lot, and his family were spared. They were instructed by God to leave without glancing back to look upon the ensuing "fire and brimstone" that would destroy the cities. Lot and his family obeyed and departed from the city. However, Lot's wife ignored God's warning and turned to look upon the cities being destroyed. She was turned into a pillar of salt.

The sculpture "Lot's Wife" is a figurative form that appears wrapped in a length of swirling cloth. No human feature is visible, but the human form is indicated in the sensuous curves of marble. The marble "cloth" has the appearance of a shroud.