Standing angel blowing a trumpet
American, Possibly New York, circa 1890
Eastern white pine (by microanalysis), sheet iron horn, original metallic gold paint, on a custom-made museum base with hidden wheels for ease in moving
Angel: 65 x 23 x 31 inches, length of horn 48 inches, base: 31 x 20 x 24 inches
This nearly life-sized sculpture has a monumental presence. The representation of a male angel is boldly carved; dressed in billowing robes, he steps forward blowing a long metal horn held in his left hand and gestures forward with his right hand. Discovered in New York State, an exact identification and original location for this figure are unknown. In its depiction of a standing male angel without wings wearing a robe and blowing a horn, it is similar to figures representing the Angel Moroni, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Mormon Church. The best known example of a statue of Moroni stands atop The Salt Lake Temple, and that piece is based on a plaster model sculpted by Cyrus Dallin in 1891. A firm identification is challenging because Moroni is depicted holding his trumpet in his right, rather than his left hand.
Found in New York State; David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, Woodbury, CT; Private collection; Kelly Kinzle, New Oxford, PA