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Model, Ricinus Communis, 1875–1898

This is a Model. It is dated 1875–1898. Its medium is wood, papier-mâché, cardboard, plaster, reed pith, metal, string, feathers, gelatin, glass and bone glue beads, cloth, metallic thread, horsehair, hemp, silk threads, paint, and shellac varnish.

Ricinus communis, popularly known as castor bean or castor-oil plant, is indigenous to Eastern Africa. The plant’s oil has been applied to many pharmaceutical and industrial uses throughout history, from fueling lamps in ancient Egypt to lubricating airplanes’ rotary engines flown by the Allies during World War I.

It is credited Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

  • Plate, 1753–1758
  • soft-paste porcelain, overglaze enamels.
  • Gift of Irwin Untermyer.
  • 1957-11-2

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 52.1 × 26.7 × 26.7 cm (20 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 10 1/2 in.)

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