Standing bronze figure with recto/verso. The silhouette of the body is rectangular in shape. The heads on both side are simply rendered with rounded eyes and a pursed -lip mouth on one, a button nose on the other; bodies are supported by short legs; sides loosely suggest representations of male and female anatomy with side-by-side scallop shells suggesting a breasted chest on one side, an upward facing frog/toad in the phallus area on the reverse side.
This figurine with its primitivist style and use of animal iconography suggests a ritual totemic figure. One side represents man. The other side represents woman. Title references the Roman god Janus the god of doorways, and thus of beginnings and endings, or of the point in time between past and future. Janus was depicted as having two faces, so he could look simultaneously forward and backward
Signed in pencil, l.r.: F DOsamantes Inscribed in pencil along lower margin: PARA EL MATRIMONIO DR. Y SRA: HARTSHOOK./CORDIALMENTE. DOsomantes Dated and inscribed in pencil along bottom border: Fco Dosamantes: autorretrato. Lineoleo 1948 Inscribed l.l. corner of mounting: 24 Suplemento 4 julio/Pag. 1a
Signed in pencil on mount below photo l.r.: Ansel Adams Inscribed verso center: [stamped] Photograph by Ansel Adams/ Museum Set Edition/ Route I Box 181 Carmel, California 93923/ [handwritten in ink] Alfred Stieglitz and painting by Georgia O'Keefe/ at An American Place, New York City/ [stamped] Negative made [handwritten in ink] 1944 [stamped] Print made [handwritten in ink] 1981/ [stamped] Identification number [handwritten in ink] 1312
Signed outside photo, l.r. corner: Ansel Adams Inscribed verso center: [stamped] Photograph by Ansel Adams/ Museum Set Edition/ Route I Box 181 Carmel, California/ [stamped] negative made [handwritten in ink] C-1938 [stamped] Print made [handwritten in ink] 1980/ [stamped] Identification number [handwritten in ink] 1873