Three Bird and Animal Figures
The smaller of the two birds has been identified as a quail, while the larger is perhaps a rooster. The antelope, standing four-square, has curved horns and a body decorated with applied spiral discs. All three figures have been cast from wax models by the traditional lost-wax method. This ancient casting technique produces a unique casting in a mold after it is heated to vaporize the wax model inside so that molten metal can be poured into the mold to take the form of the wax in the cavity. After cooling, the mold is broken away, revealing the metal in the form of the original wax model.
These three pieces appear to be successful, nearly perfect castings.
From the Estate of Liz Claiborne and Arthur Ortenberg
Lengths: ranging from 10 to 14 inches
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