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Model, Daphne Mezereum, 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.

Native to Europe and Western Asia, the Daphne mezereum is known as February Daphne because of its late winter blooms. All parts of the plant are highly toxic to humans, especially if ingested. The sap can also cause skin irritation, but was used in cosmetics until it was discovered that the rosy cheeks resulting from its application were actually blood vessel damage.

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

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 35.6 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm (14 × 9 × 9 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Botanical Lessons.

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