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Indian Female Dancer - 1930

Shows a women's head pushed back where half of her face is an India statue. Her hair is hidden behind cut out silhouettes of knives and forks shaped like a crown.

Hoch creates an allegory of the modern woman recognized by her trendy hair cut, called a Bubikopf, as she juxtapositions images that in one sense creates a crowned modern woman, but in another identifies her stereotypically as the domestic housewife. The woman's face comes from a photo of a popular actress of the time called Marie Falconetti. Cleverly Hoch creates an image layered with many feminine identities, actress, modern woman, domesticated woman, and woman crowned ready to do battle.