David Webb, Jeweled Toad, New York

Object Details

Title:

David Webb, Jeweled Toad, New York

Artist/Maker:

Hiro (American, born China, 1930)

Culture:

American

Place:

New York, New York, United States, North America (Place created)

Date:

1963

Medium:

Dye imbibition print

Dimensions:

50.2 × 39.1 cm (19 3/4 × 15 3/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Hiro

Credit Line:

Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

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In the 1960s, while working for the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, Hiro created a series of photographs of various animals posed with jewelry. Here a small owl with slightly disheveled plumage examines an ornamental toad that it has steadied with one of its talons. The juxtaposition between a live bird and a precious object makes for a whimsical interpretation of a predator and its prey.

Exhibitions
In Focus: Animalia (May 26 to October 18, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 26 to October 18, 2015