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Installation - Head of Narcissus

Head of Narcissus

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Frauenau (made)

  • Date:

    1972-75 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eisch, Erwin, born 1927 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, hand-blown

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Erwin and Gretel Eisch

  • Museum number:

    C.223:1 to 8-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Contemporary Glass, Room 129, The Märit Rausing Gallery, case 3 []

Physical description

A larger than life-size male figure of Narcissus made up of 8 hand-blown and mirrored body parts.

Place of Origin

Frauenau (made)


1972-75 (made)


Eisch, Erwin, born 1927 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Glass, hand-blown

Marks and inscriptions

Erwin Eisch 72/A to G
Diamond-point engraved.
Both the Hips and the Head withing the belly have the number 72/E

Descriptive line

Glass Sculpture, 'Narcissus', Erwin Eisch, Frauenau, Germany, 1972-75.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

New Glass Review Corning Museum of Glass, 2015, p.111.
Reino Liefkes and Kate Quinlan, 'Bend it like Eisch', in: V&A Magazine, No 39, Spring 2016, p. 100

Labels and date

Erwin Eisch (born 1927)

Erwin Eisch was one of the first artists in Europe to use glass as a material purely for artistic expression. From 1971 he made three installations themed around Narcissus, a mythological figure who drowned in a pond after falling in love with his own reflection. This third version was made for the opening of the new glass museum in Frauenau, in 1975, where it was shown in a mirrored glass box, representing the pond.

Germany (Frauenau)
Mould-blown, silvered and glued

Gift of the artist
Museum no. C.223-2014






Glass; Sculpture


Ceramics Collection

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