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'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America

America's got no shortage of creepy statues, but the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston might just have one of the most unsettling of them all. The sculpture simply named "Lilith" was created by American artist Kiki Smith in 1994, and its bright blue eyes have been giving everyone the willies ever since.

The sculpture was created in the likeness of Adam's first wife Lilith, who according to lore was headstrong and demanded to be equal to Adam. When she was denied, Lilith abandoned Adam, refusing to return. Legend says she furiously roamed the Earth, killing and tormenting men like a wild woman.

"For 4,000 years Lilith has wandered the earth, figuring in the mythic imaginations of writers, artists and poets. Her dark origins lie in Babylonian demonology, where amulets and incantations were used to counter the sinister powers of this winged spirit who preyed on pregnant women and infants. In most manifestations of her myth, Lilith represents chaos, seduction and ungodliness. Yet, in her every guise, Lilith has cast a spell on humankind." - biblicalarchaeology

Kiki Smith's strange and almost alarming sculpture of Lilith debuted in 1994, created from silicon bronze and glass, and depicts a woman looking back at her observers with a voracious fierceness, as if she's tracking you as you pass by.

"Smith catches us off guard with Lilith's pose and placement. Most sculptures receive our gaze passively, but Lilith stares back with piercing eyes, ready to pounce." - mfa.org

She crouches upside down on the wall, just above the heads of guests brave enough to lean in close enough to take a peek at her bright, predatory eyes. The sculpture is a favorite for visiting guests, and has captured the imagination of everyone who lays eyes on it.

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'Lilith' is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts and is located in John F. Cogan, Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Gallery. 

 
jenniferann.riley jenniferann.riley
I love it! It's startling and beautiful. Art is suppose to cause us to question, observe and appreciate. It's incredicley stunning.
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
boozerthethird boozerthethird
Just curious to the guy who named his daughter Lilith, you do know who she is right?
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
FilthAngel86 FilthAngel86
I named my daughter Lilith. I love this sculpture and didn't know about it until now.
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
danieldossey danieldossey
I think it's a great piece that really creates a haunting experience.
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
marixa.akasha marixa.akasha
amazing....ive always worshipped Lilith...shes my goddess..
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
CFord123 CFord123
I read a book by Tracy Ford called 'Goddesses of Lilith'. A very read for the real vampire people!!👹
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
nathan.phillips.5209 nathan.phillips.5209
I see nothing wrong with a woman that wants to be a equal to her man. if you ask me Adam should have treated her better than what he did.
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
Punknow Punknow
Reminds me of hillary clinton
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
Agnes Agnes
i love Kiki's work.
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
Matthew Pfeifer Matthew Pfeifer
Reminds me of the 'House of Wax' with Vincent Price, where the wax people are actually people!!
over 4 years ago 'Lilith' is one of the spookiest sculptures in America
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