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Jean-Michel OTHONIEL (né en 1964) - Œuf d’autruche monté - 2006 - Œuf d’autruche, verre de Murano et aluminium, 65 x 44 x 17 cm - Inv. 006 151

Mounted ostrich egg

Jean-Michel OTHONIEL

In 2006, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature entrusted Jean-Michel Othoniel with three natural curiosities (an ostrich egg, a rhinoceros horn and a bezoar) to integrate each one into one of his creations. The ostrich egg has been a recurrent element in the cabinets of amateurs since the 16th century. This example comes from the collection of the French expressionist painter Bernard Buffet (1928-1999).

For this egg, Othoniel creates a "monstrance": like the consecrated host offered to the veneration of the faithful, the object thus assembled takes on a new dimension. The work is made from Murano glass balls, a material whose plastic possibilities Othoniel has been exploring (since 1992). It is characteristic of the artist's dreamlike and colorful work.

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Jean-Michel OTHONIEL (né en 1964) - Œuf d’autruche monté - 2006 - Œuf d’autruche, verre de Murano et aluminium, 65 x 44 x 17 cm - Inv. 006 151