Venetian Cochlea

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Venetian Cochlea
Accession Number: 
2011.4.19
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 33.7 cm, W: 48.7 cm, D: 15.7 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
2009
Web Description: 
The cochlea is the auditory portion of the inner ear. It is named for its spiral shape, which is similar to that of a snail’s shell. Zirpel’s vessel is inspired by the form of the ear, but it is also inspired by the elaborate shapes of 16th- and 17th-century Venetian and Venetian-style dragon-stem goblets and trick glasses. Zirpel says: “I like the spirit of investigation that art can inspire. I like to see curiosity and a sense of wonder embodied in art.”
Department: 
Provenance: 
Michael Klein Arts, Source
2011-03-03
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, hot-worked, applied. Colorless glass sculpture resembling the structure of the inner ear. Conical foot with flared rim supports hollow spiral shape with large applied conical piece with wide flared rim attached to one side and three hollow curved tubes, each with single applied prunt, attached to the other.
Recent Important Acquisitions (New Glass Review 33) (2012) illustrated, p. 126, middle; BIB# AI87134