Model, Sambucus Nigra, 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.
The European elderberry, as the Sambucus nigra is popularly called, has been known for centuries for its medicinal properties and culinary applications, through the use of the bark, leaves, flowers, and fruit. The mature wood can be carved, while the hollow young stems are suitable to fabricate musical instruments.
It is credited
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 41.9 × 20.3 × 20.3 cm (16 1/2 in. × 8 in. × 8 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Lessons.