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Singapore Girl
N1997-0001-298-0
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Singapore Girl surges upward and appears to wrest itself free from the bounds of gravity. The arms and torso come into view, fully formed, akin to a chrysalis undergoing transformation; the head is lowest, poised introspectively, as if listening to and watching the process of metamorphosis. The passages linking the formal units that make up the figure, some of which are cylindrical while others are convex and concave, are fluid and subtle Even though the image is damaged, what survives demonstrates Eng Teng's ability to transform a coarse variety of clay sufficiently into assuming intelligible sculptural form.

History of the Object
Eng Teng's first few attempts at using new materials to form sculptures, developed through his interest in three dimensional forms.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Terracotta 
Measurements
Width 14 cm Height 37 cm Length 16 cm  
Creator name
Ng Eng Teng 
Creator date
1934 - 2001 
Where it was made
Singapore 
Geography
Singapore 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; c.1960 - 1961 
Function
An artwork 
Acquisition
The first of three donations by artist, Ng Eng Teng to NUS Museum. This sculpture was part of the first donation in 1997. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
Museum
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
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