Model, Ficus Carica, 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 Ficus carica, or fig tree, is native to the Mediterranean and Central Asian regions, and it was one of the first plants cultivated by humankind, growing up to 30 feet. A staple in the diet of ancient Greeks and Romans, the fruit is now consumed around the world either raw, dried, or as a jam.
It is credited
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 43.2 × 21.6 × 21.6 cm (17 in. × 8 1/2 in. × 8 1/2 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Lessons.