The Lord's Prayer Murrina

Object Name: 
The Lord's Prayer Murrina

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Object Name: 
The Lord's Prayer Murrina
Accession Number: 
2012.4.77
Dimensions: 
Overall W: 0.2 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1971
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
In 1972, Marquis completed his master’s thesis at Berkeley with a masterpiece of murrine making: a complex word cane of the Lord’s Prayer. Marquis was familiar with the long tradition of the Lord’s Prayer in American popular culture, and as a fan of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, he knew that the prayer had been inscribed on the head of a pin. Because the pattern of the hot murrine cane can be infinitely stretched out, the words can be relatively large (that is, readable) or reduced to the size of a Ripley’s pinhead. The Museum owns several examples of Marquis’s justly famous murrine in different sizes, including a tiny piece of cane, enclosed in a cardboard holder, in which the microscopic words of the prayer fit into a space even smaller than that of a pinhead.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Marquis, Richard (American, b. 1945), Source
1971
to
2012-04-25
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Technique: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
The Lord's Prayer Murrina. Translucent white, opaque black, opaque red glass; fused murrine cane, cut. Extremely tiny, irregularly-shaped murrina with the Lord’s Prayer written in opaque black letters on a translucent white field; border of opaque red hearts.