Saturday, June 12, 2010


This pair of penguins came to me months apart, but I have them together to show them from different angles. They seem to be shaped and carved from the business end of a bottlebrush, with wooden attachments for the feet, wings and beak. The one on the right has been attacked by something — insects, rodents, a cat or dog. You can see the damage on its wing, and its tail has also been gnawed. I don’t know when this happened, but I hope it’s an isolated incident. I’m not sure how the first came my way, but the second one was a very timely gift from Wende Schwingendorf who  came for a visit exactly when I needed a friend most.

Two bottlebrush penguins
Acquired: 2000, May 2001
Number: 0180, 0186
Size: about 3 inches tall

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