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Female Angler Fish with Parasitic Male

1999 Tim Jerman Born: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1957 Died: Logan, Ohio 2004 flameworked glass 5 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (14.2 x 11.2 x 4.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund 2000.26.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A



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This piece illustrates the bizarre bond between the male and female anglerfish. The male attaches himself to the female to tap into her bloodstream for food. After a while, the male’s eyes and gills seal shut, his heart and respiration stop, and he becomes an appendage, living only to fertilize the female’s eggs. Tim Jerman’s vivid caricature accentuates the contrast between the large, dominant female and tiny, dependant male.

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Animal - fish - angler fish

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass

glass

About Tim Jerman

Born: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1957 Died: Logan, Ohio 2004

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