Model, Rhamnus Frangula, 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.
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.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 45.7 × 17.8 × 17.8 cm (18 × 7 × 7 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Lessons.