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appear more lifelike, Degas added a horsehair wig, green satin ribbon, silk bodice, and a knee-length skirt made by a local doll-maker. He rubbed the wax into the clothing to blend it with the appearance of the figure. Few sculptors before Degas used fabric props in sculptures of any medium, making his decision shocking for many. In 1881, Degas briefly displayed the work as “The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer” at the sixth Impressionist exhibition. It was the only time he exhibited a sculpture, instead keeping them in his studio for the remainder of his life. After his death, the wax sculptures, including Little Dancer, were discovered in his studio. Under the authority of the estate, over twenty bronze versions, also “dressed” with a ribbon and tutu, were cast by the Paris master founder Adrien A. Hébrard. The Little Dancer wax figure was so fragile, the foundry made two plaster versions that could be used to cast bronze copies. Joslyn’s plaster figure is the model from which the bro...