This piece is part of my Organic Forms series focused on casting natural forms in metal. This is a very high quality cast with incredibly fine detail. The prion skull has been hand polished to a shine on the raised surfaces of the skull and beak, and contrast beautifully with the texture of the piece.
Prions are found in the Southern Ocean and breed on a number of sub-antarctic islands. Their bills have prominent comb-like structures along the edge of the upper mandible, used to filter tiny crustaceans and other small animals and their eggs from sea-water. When combined with a muscular tongue and an extendible pouch below the bill, these adaptations recall those of baleen whales, which feed in a similar way. Perhaps this is why prions are sometimes referred to as ‘whale-birds’.
Prion bird skull cast in white bronze hung on a 60cm black thread binding. White bronze is very similar to sterling silver, but has more strength. The prion skull is 6.5cm in length.
Your purchase will come carefully packaged in a gift box complete with wax seal.