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Transdisciplinary zoologist exploring animal iconography from around the world via intersections of natural history with art & visual culture history.
Current research interests include opossum & coati iconography; the visual record of Australasian monotremes & marsupials; parrots in European art; exotic birds in early modern Dutch art; and the contributions of women to the visual record of zoology.

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For #Woodensday: #carousel #dogs !

  1. Loof Factory
    "Queen" Carousel Piece, 1890
    painted wood
  2. Devos Carousel Makers
    French Carousel Poodle, c.1923
    painted wood
    On display at AKC Museum of the Dog
    #DogsInArt

photo of wooden carousel dog #2 on display: white poodle with pole

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Happy #Humpday!
Tomb Figure of a Bactrian #Camel
China, Tang Dynasty, 800-850
Earthenware with 3-color (sancai) glaze & traces of painted decoration
On display at Philadelphia Museum of Art 1964-9-1

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#WorldParrotDay bling:
#Parrot Pendant
Spain, c.1600-1650
Enameled gold set with a table-cut foiled triplet simulating ruby & hung with pearls; H 9.8 x W 2.0 x D 1.7 cm
V&A Museum 337-1870: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O126241/pendant-unknown/
#BirdsInArt

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Born #OTD: Peter Carl #Fabergé (Russian, 30 May 1846 – 24 Sep 1920)
#Mouse, c.1908-14
House of Fabergé (Manufacturer); Peter Carl Fabergé (Artist)
smoky quartz, diamonds, gold, rubies
1 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8 in. (3.4 x 4 x 6 cm)
Walters Art Museum 42.1514: https://art.thewalters.org/detail/76634/faberge-mouse/

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For #WorldOtterDay :
Christian Morrisseau (Anishinaabe, 1969-2022)
#Otter Family, 2005
acrylic on canvas, 93.5 x 121.9 cm (36.79 ins x 48 in)
https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/OTTER-FAMILY/0DF90C78588179DD
#FirstNationsArt #NativeAmericanArt #IndigenousArt

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For #WhoopingCraneDay :
N.C. Wyeth (American, 1882-1945)
The Dance of the Whooping Cranes, 1939
oil on panel, 30 x 22¼ in. (76.2 x 56.5 cm);
printed as a plate in the illustrated edition of The Yearling (1939)
#BirdsInArt #EndangeredSpecies

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It's ! the is the only surviving Sirenian cousin of the ; its closest modern relative, Steller's Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas), was hunted to extinction in the 18th century. 😢
Louis Paul Jonas (USA, 1894-1971)
Dugong sculpture, H7 x W14 x D7.25 in.
https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/louis-paul-jonas-studios-dugong-67-c-a654570afa

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#TwoForTuesday:
Edwin Megargee (American, 1883-1958)
Chs. Bonnie Brighteyes of Mannerhead, Arnim of Pip, 1937
oil on canvas
breed: #Poodle
on display at AKC Museum of the Dog
#DogsInArt

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So this is what looked like in the late 18th / early 19th century…
Richard Ramsay Reinagle (English, 1775-1862)
Pug, n.d.
oil on canvas
Museum of the Dog collection

closeup of the pug from the painting
closeup of the pug’s face, showing much less severe features than modern pugs

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Four #cicada brooches, Eastern Germanic, c. 380-500 CE
silver, copper alloy, iron
Morgan Library display

#Cicadas symbolized immortality in the ancient world, perhaps because of their seemingly miraculous regeneration after long periods of dormancy. Cicada brooches were worn by women living along the Danube and on the northern shores of the Black Sea. The Goths converted to Christianity in the period after AD 350, and these brooches may have had connotations of spiritual renewal and rebirth.”

gallery sign: CICADA BROOCHES Cicadas symbolized immortality in the ancient world, perhaps because of their seemingly miraculous regeneration after long periods of dormancy. Cicada brooches were worn by women living along the Danube and on the northern shores of the Black Sea. The Goths converted to Christianity in the period after AD 350, and these brooches may have had connotations of spiritual renewal and rebirth. 19 Four cicada brooches, ca. AD 380-500 Eastern Germanic, silver, copper alloy, iron

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appreciation post:
Marble cylinder seals from ancient Mesopotamia, Late Uruk / Jamdat Nasr Period, c. 3500-2900 BCE:
(7) Three
(8) with a Plant
on display at The Morgan Library & Museum NYC

Scorpion with a Plant seal (numbered 8 on display) “Displayed here are seals with modern impressions replacing the clay used in antiquity. Below each impression is a photographic enlargement that clarifies the detail and beauty of the carving.”

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Happy to be otw to NYC to see both these exhibitions at The Morgan Library & Museum !
“Walton Ford: Birds and Beasts of the Studio” + “Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature”
https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/current

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Another wonderful piece to celebrate 🐢 during 🐻:
Randy Chitto (Choctaw, b.1962)
Storyteller with Hide
Ceramic sculpture, H 10 1/8 inches (25.7 cm)
https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/Turtle-Storyteller-with-Bear-Hide/908DD6475EBA218C35AF0D8C545E5E3D
"Randy's artistic journey primarily centers around the turtle, symbolizing the Choctaw's storytellers, and the bear, representing the strength and courage of the male facet of the tribe."
https://randychitto.com/bio

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For #WorldTurtleDay 🐢:
Tsuba with Design of #Turtles and Water
Okamoto Shigetsune, Chôshû School
Japan, early 19th c.
iron (decorative technique: sukidashi-bori, nikubori, kebori)
7 x 6.8 x 0.4 cm (2 3/4 x 2 11/16 x 3/16 in.)
The Art Institute of Chicago 11.11583: https://collections.mfa.org/objects/11366/tsuba-with-design-of-turtles-and-water
#JapaneseArt

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Here is a whole pile of turtles for #WorldTurtleDay! 🐢
#Netsuke of Group of #Turtles
Japan, 19th century
Ivory, H. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) x W. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 10.211.897: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/60191
#JapaneseArt

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From the blog for #WorldTurtleDay: what does this unusual 18th c. English portrait from @philamuseum have in common with this early 20th c. Ottoman one from @PeraMuzesi? More than you may think! 😉 Find out more here: https://arthistoryanimalia.com/2023/05/23/animal-art-of-the-day-for-world-turtle-day-an-unusual-tortoise-portrait-from-18th-century-england-and-its-connection-to-ottoman-turkey/

  1. Still life with a Tortoise, 1743
  2. The Tortoise Trainer, 1906

zoomed in detail of the tortoise
Osman Hamdi Bey The Tortoise Trainer, 1906 version oil on canvas, 221.5 cm × 120 cm Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
zoomed in detail of the tortoises at the man's feet

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Party hat for #WorldBeeDay 🐝: bee(s) in your bonnet!
Hat, 1960s
Designer: Bes-Ben (American, founded 1920), made in Chicago, USA
plastic, synthetic, cotton
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2006.74.6: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/128400

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For #WorldBeeDay 🐝:
#Netsuke of #Bee on a Leaf
Japan, 19th c.
Ivory, H 1 1/8 x W 1 3/4 x D 1 in. (2.9 x 4.4 x 2.5 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 91.1.985 https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/59697
#JapaneseArt

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For #WorldBeeDay 🐝:
Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
#Bees , 1948
gouache & cut out paper, 101x241cm
Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Basel
https://www.wikiart.org/en/henri-matisse/bees-1948

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:
Maurice Pillard Verneuil (French, 1869–1942)
Chauves-souris et pavots, tenture ( and poppies, hanging)
From Plate 33 of L'animal dans la Décoration, 1897
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chauves_souris_et_pavots_tenture_papillons_et_campanules_papier_peint_-_L%27animal_dans_la_decoration_(1897)_by_M._P._Verneuil_(New_York_Public_Library,_enhanced_by_Rawpixel)_506%27790171_o.jpg

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Takeuchi Seihō (Japanese, 1864-1942)
Sika c.1900-10
https://ukiyo-e.org/image/artelino/44266g1

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#WatercolorWednesday:
Jane Peterson (American, 1876–1965)
Grey Crowned #Cranes
Watercolor, gouache, & pencil on paper
19.5 × 25.75 in (49.5 × 65.4 cm)
https://www.artsy.net/artwork/jane-peterson-grey-crowned-cranes
#BirdsInArt #WomenArtists

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A fine-looking friend for #TurtleTuesday, found on fol. 98v of British Library Sloane MS 4016 (Tractatus de Herbis), Lombardy, Italy, c.1440.
https://bestiary.ca/beasts/beastgallery104656.htm

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