Mary, Mary Quite Contrary


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5 lbs.

“Mistress Mary , Quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
Sing cuckolds all in a row”

The sculpture is a visual representation of the nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary,” crafted in bronze with colorful accents. It depicts a resting rhinoceros with a playful twist: the animal is whimsically adorned with a bright array of sculpted flowers and shells, reminiscent of the “silver bells and cockle shells” mentioned in the rhyme. The rhinoceros’s peaceful demeanor contrasts with the usual perception of these animals, adding to the “contrary” nature of the piece. The flowers are intricately detailed and painted in vivid hues, standing out against the bronze texture of the rhinoceros, which has been finished to a realistic effect, highlighting the creature’s thick skin and folds. This thoughtful addition of color breaks the monochromatic expectation of bronze sculptures, making it a striking and cheerful piece. The sculpture would make a delightful addition to any space, bringing with it a touch of nursery rhyme charm and a dash of whimsy. It speaks to those who appreciate art that is both figurative and imaginative, as well as those who enjoy pieces with a narrative background.