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Lizbeth Stewart     Monkey and Lizard

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick
1982, painted and glazed earthenware, 30 x 58 x 30 in.


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When encountering this piece, one wonders what is going on here. Even after carefully studying it, the viewer knows little more about the artwork than when it was first encountered&133;True, one recognizes a monkey and a lizard. The disparity in scale between the two animals and their stopped-action gestures suggest intrusion into a scene from some demonic drama.