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Guardian of the Pyramid
  • Ynez Johnston
    born 1920
    born: Berkeley, California, United States
  • Guardian of the Pyramid, 1949
  • Where object was made: United States
  • etching
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 224 x 188 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 13/16 x 7 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 286 x 217 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: The Richard Florsheim Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2002.0036

Abstract composition. Image divided into two zones or sections. In the upper half is a pyramid with an animal (lion?) shown seated inside. There are numerous hieroglyphic-like markings on the face of the pyramid and in the area comprising the background. The lower section resembles an inverted pyramid with similar markings.