This bronze was cast from a ceramic by Gauguin executed circa 1893-1894. According to Christopher Gray, Gauguin "considered Oviri among his finest works and desired it to be placed over his grave. There already exists three casts in plaster which have been given the surface finish of wood. One copy was given to Daniel de Monfreid. The second was kept by [Gustave] Fayet, and passed into the collection of his son, Léon. The third was kept by the artist who made the casts." (op. cit., p. 245) A special cast was erected 29 March, 1973 on Gauguin's tomb in the cemetery of Atuana by the Foundation Singer-Polignac.