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Relief Carving
Katharine Maltwood
Alabaster
Canada, 20th century

This undated sculpted relief is by Katharine Maltwood. It recalls the natural style and form of the bull motifs from Minoan art, one of her many interests.
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Game Rooster
Iron; Gold; Silver
Persian, c. 19th Century ?

The body of this damaskeen rooster is formed from eleven separate pieces of wrought iron joined with silver rivets, which are visible at the neck and inside the tail. Where possible, the rivets are incorporated into the design. Decoration also includes gold and silver inlay. Although the document card attributes the inscription to Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566), it has been translated instead, as "Sultan Shah Abbas." Shah Abbas I died in 1629, Shah Abbas II reigned from 1642-66, and another Abbas died in 1834. Thus, an accurate date for the creation of this object requires more research.
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Bird
Buffalo Horn
Indonesia (Java), 20th century

There is no information about how or when the Maltwoods acquired this carved horn bird, although it appears to have been part their their collection prior to 1930. The shape of the bird follows the shape of the water buffalo horn. The wings and the comb are separate pieces that have been joined to the body of the bird. Details and decorative patterns have been incised.

Bibliography: Wikelund, Condition Report and Essay (in document file)
The "Arts and the Natural World" display includes five ceramic models of mushrooms. These form part of the Lorenzen Collection created by Alma and Ernst Lorenzen from Nova Scotia. The Lorenzens began creating ceramic models of mushrooms in 1949. Margaret Vincent donated 106 of these to the University of Victoria in 1992, and an additional 40 models were purchased to augment the collection.

Each mushroom has been hand-sculpted from the study of a living model, supplemented by photographs and sketches. The scientific name of each ceramic mushroom is inscribed on the unglazed bottom. The entire collection will eventually be available as a teaching aid. These models illustrate the close connection between art and the study of the natural world.

Bibliography: Correspondence; Barkhouse, The Lorenzen Collection (in document file)
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Amanita Rubescens
Alma and Ernst Lorenzen
Ceramic; Glaze
Nova Scotia, 20th century

Collection of Margaret Vincent
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Clavaria Vermicularis
Alma and Ernst Lorenzen
Ceramic; Glaze
Nova Scotia, 20th century

Collection of Margaret Vincent
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Clavaria Amthystina
Alma and Ernst Lorenzen
Ceramic; Glaze
Nova Scotia, 20th century

Collection of Margaret Vincent
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Militinus Britannicus
Alma and Ernst Lorenzen
Ceramic; Glaze
Nova Scotia, 20th century

Collection of Margaret Vincent
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Pleurotus Ostreatus
Alma and Ernst Lorenzen
Ceramic; Glaze
Nova Scotia, 20th century

Six sculptures in the "Arts and the Natural World" display are from the Joseph and Elizabeth Rosa Isaacs Collection given by Rivkah Isaacs in memory of her parents. This collection includes nearly a hundred stone, bone, and ivory sculptures from Alaska, Northern Canada, Greenland, and Siberia, assembled largely in the 1950's and 1960's. These objects illustrate artistic representations of the natural world, and human interaction with nature.

Additional pieces fU989.1.71 from this collection are on permanent display in the upper level of the foyer of the University Centre. Collection of Margaret Vincent
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Cubs
Ivory
Tobolsk ?, Siberia, 20th century

Collection of Margaret Vincent
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Cubs
Ivory
Tobolsk ?, Siberia, 20th century

Collection of Margaret Vincent
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