This lovely two-foot bronze shows Ruth with wheat slung over her shoulder, after gleaning in the field.
Ruth is a Moabite woman married to one of the sons of Naomi when Naomi and her husband, Elimelech, journeyed to the land of Moab to escape famine in Canaan. Upon the death of Elimelech and their sons, Naomi intends to return to Bethlehem and beseeches her daughter-in-law to return to her own people. Ruth refuses to be separated from her mother-in-law and returns to Bethlehem with her. She meets Boaz, a relative of Eimelech, while she is gleaning the remnants of his harvest to provide grain for Naomi and herself. Impressed with her kindness and courageous spirit, Boaz commands his servants to leave grain in the fields for her to gather.
Rabbinic discussions of the story of Ruth focus on the role of the sincere convert in the on-going life of the nation. As a result of her marriage to Boaz, Ruth bears a son, Obed, who is grandfather of King David, in the line of the Messiah.