Friday mystery object #324


This week I’ve decided to give you a mystery invertebrate from the collections of the Dead Zoo:

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Now there are a variety of levels of identification for this object: species (obviously), materials, makers and if you really want to show off, you might even be able to provide a year and information about how much it cost at the time.

As always, I’d be delighted to see what you think and to hear about any similar specimens you might know about.

Have fun!

13 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #324

  1. Good grief! It is a capital mistake to theorise without data. Apart from the fact that is is left-handed, smokes a pipe instead of cheroots, is probably a painting of a nudibranch from the Victorian era, is in the prime of its life, and was once in love with a person called Mabel, who loved it back, I cannot really say much based on this clue alone.

    • I doubt if I’ll get to species level. Windy is about the best I can do, and I’m not absolutely certain of that. As for the material and maker… ulp.

  2. It’s a glass model from the 19th century, right?
    I won’t say the name of the artist(s), because I only found it it by googling “glass nudibranch” and I assume that’s cheating?

  3. dressed in the finest of invertebrate color-changing wear…..
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  4. How beautiful! When I saw it, I immediately thought of a fountain I saw in Dubai – made of over three thousand pieces of hand blown glass and worth more than 10 million dollars! The artist is Chihuly, and this looks very much like his work. (I just read the above comments and see that the artists are Leopold and Rudolf Baschka!) Here is a link to the drawing for the sculpture: https://www.cmog.org/library/beccaria-tricolor-art-original
    And here is a picture of the real animal! http://www.naturamalta.com/Caliphylla_mediterranea.html
    🙂

  5. Lovely Blaschka sea slug 🙂 Compared to live creature it is even more lovely. .. but that might be because they were selling them or just artistic licence

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