Posts tagged tentacles
Posts tagged tentacles
An Ancient Fascination
Octopuses and their kin, sea creatures known collectively as cephalopods, have grabbed hold of our collective imagination for thousands of years.
We share this fascination as manifested in art, literature and contemporary culture in “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.” Highlights include:
- A steampunk-style sculpture made from raised copper and brass with glass in the Japanese technique called “Tankin.”
- Ancient Minoan pottery replicas painted with cephalopod designs.
- An illustration from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
- A drawing of octopuses attacking a fleet of ships, depicted as fact by a French naturalist in 1803.
- A highly detailed drawing of cephalopods by famed naturalist Ernst Haeckel.
- Glass models of squid and octopuses by father-son team of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka.
- A replica of the famous abstract work, The Birth of the Cephalopods, by Mark Rothko.
- A dramatic depiction of a sea of ammonites 73 million years ago.
- A replica of the intriguing yet slightly disturbing image of Contessa with Squid by Omar Rayyan.
- Cephalopod tattoo art.
We also commissioned San Francisco Bay Area artist Nemo Gould to create three kinetic sculptures for “Tentacles” using found objects. Gould has transformed a jumble of junk into delightful dioramas that carry conservation messages delivered through a sense of wonderment.
“Tentacles" opens April 12.
Cuttlefish with lobster dinner | Sepiida
Maybe and maybe Sepia apama?
Bobtail Squid (x)
Family Sepiolidae, probably Euprymna sp.
Japetella diaphana tentacles and buccal cavity
Japatella diaphana is an octopus member of the Bolitaenidae family, and like the other members of its family, is very small - 12 cm long at most. They live, eat, and breed in the pelagic zone of the ocean, unlike deep-sea squid, which rarely spend their entire lives at such depths.
Mature females have a bioluminescent photophore encircling their beak.
Die Cephalopoden. Ewald Rubasmen, 1910.
Planktonic paralarvae of this genus spend an extended period in the pelagic before setting.
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Reliquary by Tom Bagshaw
Andrew Olson’s entry for Pokemon Battle Royale, a tentacool.
The eyes are particularly intense. The design is definitely edging much closer to a cephalopod rather than to a cnidarian.
While we’re at it, here’s a cute mugshot of a piglet squid, Helicocranchia pfefferi.
Also a deep sea dweller - mesopelagic to be specific.
A model of cirrate octopus Cirrothauma magna, Smithsonian’s Sant Ocean Hall.
by Chase Studio