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The undulating lines of the wooden bowl shown here evoke a jellyfish in motion, or a leaf curling in the summer sun. Russel Wright experimented with these curving, biomorphic shapes in several media and clearly found them interesting in their own right. Although neither easy to make nor particularly suited to their purpose, these bowls were, however, wonderfully playful and suggestive of nature to the consumers he targeted.
DATES 1935–1950
DIMENSIONS 4 ¼ x 13 ¾ x 9 in. (11.5 x 35.0 x 22.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE not signed
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Russel Wright (American, 1904–1976). Bowl, 1935–1950. Wood, 4 ¼ x 13 ¾ x 9 in. (11.5 x 35.0 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1994.165.62. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.165.62_cropped.jpg)
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