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brass bug
  • Liberia
  • brass bug, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • brass, casting, incising, stamping
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 0.5 x 3 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3/16 x 1 1/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0179

This is a stylized sculpture of a four-legged bug with one oval shaped body segment and two antennae. One-third of the top surface is incised with two eyes, eyebrows, and a nose. The remaining two-thirds is decorated with a line of "x's" and diagonal lines. The underside has lines stamped at the leg attachments.