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Statuette - Octopus

Octopus

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Date:

    ca. 1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.10-1955

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, A Pirate's Life For Me, case CA18

The octopus is identified by the Natural History Museum as the small octopus found in the Mediterranean. It is pointed out in particular that the web-like formation between the roots of the tentacles is exactly as in life. The head appears to have been freely modelled, and the eyes have been transferred from the neck of the octopus to a position in relation to the syphon similar to that of human eyes in relation to the nose. The intention of the head is evidently humorous. The Natural History Museum point out that this is not uncommon in representations of octopus.

Physical description

The bronze represents a small octopus. It is supported on eight curling tentacles. the bronze is covered with red lacquer.

Date

ca. 1550-1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 10.1 cm, Width: 16.4 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the John Webb Trust, from S.B. Meyer, for £200.

Historical significance: The octopus is identified by the Natural History Museum as the small octopus found in the Mediterranean. It is pointed out in particular that the web-like formation between the roots of the tentacles is exactly as in life. The head appears to have been freely modelled, and the eyes have been transferred from the neck of the octopus to a position in relation to the syphon similar to that of human eyes in relation to the nose. The intention of the head is evidently humorous. The Natural History Museum point out that this is not uncommon in representations of octopus.

Formerly attributed to workshop of Riccio.

Descriptive line

Statuette, Octopus, bronze, possibly Flemish, ca. 1550-1600

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Octopus

Categories

Bronze; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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