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Ole Olson
  • Orval Hixon
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Ole Olson, 1921
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 29 x 17.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 11 3/8 x 6 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0313

Black-and-white image of a man's head on a platter, held up by an arm that is stretched out vertically. The background is black, and shadows are used to create the illusion that the arm is floating without a body. The head rests on a platter, facing frontally, the top of the head is tipped toward the left. The woman has light-colored hair that is straight and uncombed. The arm, head, and platter are lit from a source that appears to be to the right and in front of the subject.