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Mother-in-Law Mummy Of The Neroic Period

David Gilhooly

American, 1943 - 2013

Mother-in-Law Mummy of the Neroic Period, 1972

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Dimensions: 8 × 32 × 17 in. (20.3 × 81.3 × 43.2 cm)

Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2015.101

The 1960s defined a dynamic period in social, political, and artistic upheaval in America that was influential in the development of contemporary ceramics. Ceramicists pushed the boundaries of form and technique. David Gilhooly was associated with the California funk ceramics movement where humor, irreverence, and whimsy were championed. Their objects, often intentionally unrefined, challenged the concept of “good” or “bad” art. Gilhooly critiqued and parodied contemporary and ancient civilizations, religion, politics, and culture through a mythical and parallel civilization known as Frog World. Frogs took on human attributes like this mummy that resembles those belonging to the Ancient Egyptian pharaohs.

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