"Teuthis – Cephalopod Reliquary"
16" w x 9" d x 11" h
This piece is a father and son collaboration between Peter and Jacob Powning. The box frame and slumped glass are peter’s work and the ornamentation was designed and carved by Jacob. The sculpture was cast in bronze, with the glass element slumped to fit in the lid. The bas-relief carving is inspired by ancient (1500-year-old) Teutonic migration period ornamentation from Scandinavia, combined with squid imagery. The vessel represents an ode to otherness, how strange and different life can be, and the terrifying wonder that lurks in the deep reaches of the sea.