Cuzco Moon is turned from vera wood, an evergreen that is native to Colombia and Venezuela. The title comes from the city of Cuzco, in southern Peru, once the capital of the ancient Inca Empire. William Hunter’s carving follows the swirling grain around a natural, pale circle of wood that represents the moon goddess Mama Quilla.
“The allure of exotic timbers from around the world has always been very powerful. In their turning and sculpting process you must slow down to really see and listen, both scientifically and spiritually to learn what is inherent, what is suggested, and what is possible.” William Hunter, 2001
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- 14 1⁄4 x 14 1⁄2 in. (36.2 x 36.8 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery
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