Water Urn
Water Urn

Water Urn

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This large porcelain urn is inspired by Egyptian artefacts from David’s collection. It’s like a twenty-first-century take on a canopic jar, which was used to store the organs of the deceased when their body was mummified.

On the lid, the word ‘water’ is embossed in silver leaf on a glazed, textured surface. The urn is part of a series, in which each urn is named for one of the elements, as if to marry the base reality of physical existence with the mysteries of the afterlife. Deep.

Mona commissioned the urn from English-born, Tasmanian ceramicist Penny Smith. She specialises in slip casting porcelain, architectural ceramics and refined Australian clays.

Colour White with black and silver detail
Materials Porcelain with brushed aluminium
Dimensions 18cm x 18cm x 35cm approx.
Made in Tasmania, Australia
Designer Penny Smith