Saïd Abdullah of the Mayac, Kingdom of the Darfur (Sudan)

Charles Cordier1848

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Cordier submitted a plaster cast of the bust of an African visitor to Paris to the Salon of 1848, and two years later he again entered it as a bronze. A young African woman served as the model for the companion piece in 1851 (Walters 54.2665). Regarded by 19th-century viewers as powerful expressions of nobility and dignity in the face of grave injustice, these sculptures proved to be highly popular: casts were acquired by the Museum of National History in Paris and also by Queen Victoria. The Walters' pair were cast by the Paris foundry Eck and Durand in 1852.


  • Title: Saïd Abdullah of the Mayac, Kingdom of the Darfur (Sudan)
  • Date Created: 1848
  • Physical Dimensions: w25.5 x h42 cm
  • Type: sculpture
  • Rights: Museum purchase, 1991, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: bronze
  • Provenance: Shepherd Gallery, New York; Walters Art Museum, 1991, by purchase.
  • Place of Origin: Paris, France
  • ExhibitionHistory: The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001; A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004
  • Artist: Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier

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