Ostrich Egg

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1800-1850

GUSN

GUSN-2732

Description

A large ostrich egg carved in horizontal bands, suggesting a Persian influence. The end of each carved band has a floral motif, then a band of florals alternating with birds in four different poses. Then comes a geometric band. The center band shows a deer-like animal in various poses, that alternates with a serpentine motif. Then it repeats back to the geometric and bird and floral bands to complete.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pictures (two-dimensional representations)
glassblowing
carving (processes)
eggshell (animal material)
glass (material)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Aves (class)
floral patterns
geometric patterns
Persian (culture)
serpentine (shape)
Eggshell
Blown
Carved
Floral
Bird
Geometric
Serpentine
Persian
PICTURE, EGG

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Africa

Dimensions

7.5 x 6 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.957