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Circular domed 23kt. yellow gold surrealist pendant with eyes and bird-like beak. Carved by Max Ernst in plaster, then cast by Francois Hugo in gold. Together with wood and velvet display stand.


Signed " Max Ernst "in script , numbered 2/8; with hallmark of Francois Hugo; inventory number, 2030/1498


Skinner Auctioneers, Sale 1451, Lot 390; Daphne Farago, June 22, 1992 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection


© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

about 1960

  • Designed by Max Ernst, German (active in France and the United States), 1891–1976
  • Executed by François Hugo, French, 1899–1981
Object Place

Aix-en-Provence, France


Overall: 10.2 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm (4 x 3 3/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

23 kt gold




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants