As a youngster, Hildebrand lived in Ghana West Africa. His father taught in a teacher training college in a little village called “Apowa”. His experiences there are often reflected in his subject matter and in an extreme interest in African sculpture. The sculpture, African Muse, reflects that early experience in a kind of sculptural doodle.
The rather anthropomorphic sculpture is very personal and belongs to some of Hildebrand’s sculpture that have been named as an “Unknown Being” in an article in a book about Hildebrand sculpture entitled ”RECLINING VENUS and other unknown Beings of Jock Hildebrand” by Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund.