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'Finding of Moses' by Wedgwood c. 1855

Designed by William Beattie in England, United Kingdom, Europe, c 1855.
To escape Pharaoh's order to kill all Israelite boys Moses' mother hid him in a basket amongst the bulrushes of the Nile River. The sculpture shows the moment when he was discovered by Pharaoh's daughter and her handmaiden. Old Testament (Exodus 2: 3-9).

The sculpture consists of three figures on an oval plinth - Baby Moses, the handmaiden and Pharoah's daughter. Next to Pharoah's daughter is a figure of a small sphinx on a rectangular plinth. The base is naturalistic showing the river, waterlily and bulrushes. Baby Moses lies naked in a basket, the handmaiden crouches and stretches out a hand to both Baby Moses and Pharoah's daughter. Pharoah's daughter is standing with her left leg slightly raised, knee bent and foot placed on a small rock. Her hands are clasped in front of her left breast and she gazes down towards Baby Moses.

Pharoah's daughter wears an Egyptian style head piece and long veil, her body is wrapped in classical drapery, her right breast is partly exposed. She wears sandals. The handmaiden is bare breasted, wrapped in classical drapery and bare footed. She wears a long head covering.
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