Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent
Reticulated Serpent

This rare and exceptional stoneware centerpiece is from a limited edition series, each slightly different in its sculptural details (it is possible that just another variant was made). Bearing features of a dragon, crocodile, fish, and Jörmungandr sea serpent, this mythical or cryptozooligical creature possesses a totemic quality that transcends Nordic or Asian influences: indeed, its anatomy seems derived from some collective unconscious fantasy of a predatory water monster glimpsed, but never fully seen. Hand built and carved, the long cylindrical body is beautifully decorated with incised and stippled marks, and wood fired matte glazes. Reticulated slots placed at intervals beneath the dorsal fin possibly were intended to hold flowers. In any case, this is undoubtedly one of Kåge’s most compelling ceramic sculptures.
Marks: Inscribed Artist's signature / Stamped Manufacturer's cipher, Gustavsberg, Farsta

Manufacturer: Gustavsberg

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