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brass bug
  • Liberia
  • brass bug, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • brass, casting, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 1 x 3 x 2.25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3/8 x 1 1/8 x 7/8 in
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0180

This sculpture depicts a stylized four-legged bug with two curling pincers. The decoration on the back is incised. One-third of the sculpture is left smooth with two circles for eyes. The remaining two-thirds is decorated to indicate wings. The sides have vertical lines and the underside has lines going across the body, where the legs attach.