Vintage Ostrich by Josef Originals

Submitted by Douglas Wood May 11th, 2010
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This ostrich figurine was made by Josef Originals which produced a lot of these ceramic chotchkes in the fifties and sixties. I particularly like the expression on the face which nicely captures the indignity of being an ungainly bird with a bald head and a too-long neck.

2 Responses to “Vintage Ostrich by Josef Originals”

  1. Allee Willis

    I don’t usually like ceramics with a matte finish but you’re right that that’s an excellent facial expression. The eyeshadow’s killing me, especially accented with the eyelashes on either side of the eyes. I love that he only has a few feathers on his neck.

    How tall is this bird?