Cut-Crystal Elephant Calf
Testing Her Trumpet. The Venetian glass artisan who sculpted this adorable Cut-Crystal Elephant Calf uses color and shape to suggest the range of emotions expressed by young elephants: love, compassion, self-awareness. Hand cut and decorated, this happy trumpeter comes with a certificate of authenticity. Each will vary slightly. 4"h. x 3"l. x 3"w.
For 700 years Venetian glass artisans have been the unrivaled masters of artistry and innovation, inspiring modern glass artists like the American Dale Chihuly (who apprenticed at a Murano glassworks in the late 60s.) This magnificent collection recalls many examples of historic and contemporary Murano and art glass artworks among the vast glass collections of our National Museum of American History and our Renwick Gallery.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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