Friday, August 10, 2012

Organic Exotica

The mid-century aesthetic has always included not just the streamline and modern, but a touch of the exotic. Irving Penn above was fascinated with the tribal culture of Papua New Guinea...the  indigenous people responsible for the gorgeous bowl we've just acquired from a dealer in neighboring Australia. Hand-carved from a single piece of Iron Wood, there is a lovely imperfection to its form. Expand the photos for a better look at the incised details on the sawtooth rim. Made in the 1950s.
15" in diameter and around 5" tall

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