Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sculpting forms of animals


A Jew may sculpt forms of animals for aesthetic purposes, and keep such forms; an example would be the eagle found atop the pole of many American flags.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 2:55)

Have a great day,


  1. Good morning,
    My now-deceased great aunt Rose, was quite an accomplished artist. She sculpted and made a beautiful bronze sculpture of a cat. I've declined to bring it into the home. It sits in my mother's home. Also, when I was in high school, I was enrolled in art/clay/sculpture class. I made a "self-portrait" sculpture of my head. I've also declined to bring that into my home. Would it be acceptable to have either one in my house? Thanks, Michael

  2. Hi Michael,

    There certainly are grounds to permit both of these; the former is aesthetic, and the latter is not full-body. Please see your local halachic authority for a ruling, though.