Bill Dambrova," Hornu Cornu_rev", 2015, real deer antlers, resin, gold leaf, 83” wide x 48” deep x 32” high.
Created from deer antlers found in various wild places in Wyoming and Montana and donated by a forest service employee friend. This piece is an homage to "The Well of Moses", a monumental sculpture recognized as the masterpiece of the Dutch artist Claus Sluter. Sluter put horns on the top of Moses’ head instead of rays of light. Scholars believe this was a mistranslation of Hebrew scriptures into Latin by St. Jerome, called the Vulgate. Moses is described as having “rays on the skin of his face.” Jerome translated it to horns from the word keren, which means either radiated or grew horns. Keren resembles the Latin Cornu. (think unicorn).
Curious Fact: There are sculptures and paintings all over the world in which Moses is depicted with horns.
Supporting photos ©Bill Dambrova, are different views of the same sculpture.