(Baldwyn, Mississippi, 1892 - 1984, Columbus, Ohio)
Carved and painted wood relief with glitter
39 3/8 x 29 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (100.1 x 75.7 x 3.8 cm)
Collection of the Akron Art Museum
Museum Acquisition Fund and funds from Beatrice K. McDowell and the Graves Foundation
Pierce, one of Ohio’s most famous artists, was a barber, preacher and woodcarver. He would have used these scenes that suggest the rewards of vigilance and faith as illustrations while he preached. On the top, the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins reminds us to remain alert since the call to serve may come at any time. The scene of the woman taken in adultery in the second row admonishes that only he who is without sin may cast the first stone. Also in the second row is a symbolic representation of redemption: a man holding up a soiled and clean heart. The bottom row contains an unknown courtroom drama and a scene of Jesus healing the sick.