Recoil - Bejewelled Coyote Skull with Hand-painted Reliquary Base
'Recoil' - Bejewelled Coyote Skull and Painted Reliquary Base
This skull has been adorned with completely hand fabricated sterling silver and .999 fine silver elements and semi-precious gemstones. This is a coyote skull, sourced from an unfortunate road casualty. It was pretty busted up, but I wanted to use the damage as part of the work. Where the cheek ridge had been broken and missing, I installed a hand-fabricated sterling silver spider with Baltic amber and black tourmaline creating its body. A red coral tongue, a fluorite crystal eye, and turquoise makes the snout. Hidden below the other cheek cavity is a chrysoprase surrounded by tiny silver maggots. Finally, hand woven sterling silver spiderwebs grace the ears. My name and the year have been tooled into silver of the bottom within an ornately stamped border.
This skull comes with a hand-painted reliquary base, complete with buttery-soft handmade leather tassels. The base has been painted with morel mushrooms, twisted snags, and scarab beetles, along with a twisted garter snake. The skull hangs via a large soldered silver ring mounted in the back.
The skull measures 8 inches long, 4 inches wide, 3.5 inches tall.
The base measures 10 inches long, 6 inches wide.
The entire piece including tassels measures 18 inches long.
This work has been signed on the back and comes wired and ready to hang vertically, or display horizontally.
'Recoil' is the companion to my other skull, 'Unfurl.'
These skulls were created around the theme of Growth and Decay for two subsequent exhibits at both Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and Antler Gallery in Portland, OR.
It is part of a diptych, the companion piece can be found here:
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To clean this work of dust, use a damp cloth to gently wipe the bone. The silver elements can be gently rubbed with a polishing cloth to brighten them. A complimentary cloth will be sent to you with the purchase of this work.
Be sure to never use cleaning solutions or solvents on this as it could damage or discolor the skull.
The base can also be gently cleaned with a damp cloth and cold water.
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