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Sure looks like it - from Gail Worley:

Marble Statue with Smart Phone
You can be sure that we all did a double-take when we passed this statue at The Met this past weekend, because, seriously, doesn’t it look like she’s checking her Instagram feed or catching up on Tweets? That’s what we thought as well, but if you are standing nearby and look really closely, you can see she has a small Crucifix nestled in her palm, which makes much more sense considering the name of this piece is Indian Girl, or The Dawn of Christianity, rather than something like Girl, Distracted by iPhone, Forgets to Put on a Top.

Created by Erastus Dow Palmer in 1856, this sculpture marked the artist’s first attempt to model a full-length, female figure. He did a pretty great job, don’t you think?

Palmer worked in the academic classicism style - I like his stuff. More on Palmer here.

James Gurney has done about 300 posts on the Academic Painters - no search engine on his site but Google's site: option picked up a few mentions of his son Walter Launt Palmer (James doesn't deal much with sculpture).

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