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Model, Rhamnus Frangula

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. It is a part of the department.

Commonly known as alder buckthorn, glossy buckthorn, or breaking buckthorn, Rhamnus frangula is native to Europe, and has been primarily cultivated for ornamental purposes. The plant’s bark has also been used as charcoal for drawing and as a laxative since the Middle Ages, while extractions from the bark, leaves, and fruits can be processed to make dyes in various colors.

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

  • Textile, Eden
  • 83% polyester, 17% cotton.
  • Gift of Maharam.
  • 2018-25-2

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 45.7 × 17.8 × 17.8 cm (18 × 7 × 7 in.)

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