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I have always loved the insect specimen shadow boxes in curio collections, but the little girl in me felt terrible that they were murdered bugs! I decided I wanted to make totally death-free (guilt free!) specimens that still upheld that creepy feeling ^_^
Each specimen is a hand painted brass 3D stamping. I spent hours and hours researching insect species and painting them - each one also has a teeny tiny Victorian "lover's eye" mourning cameo set into it's back <3

Revel in the unexplainable.

This piece contains 12 hand-painted moth and butterfly insect specimens ranging in size from 5/8 inch to 2-1/4 inches. The species in this collection are all researched after field butterflies and moths and are painted in shades of scarlets, blues, yellows and browns. They comes set specimen-style on a white sheet and framed behind glass in an 1.5 inch deep 9x9 inch square black shadow box frame
This piece will come ready to hang.
This specimens are all varnished for protection.
The paper backing of this piece is signed by me!

This listing is for the specimen collection in the last 4 pictures. You can find more curiosities in my other listings!

This is an original painting (not a screen print!)and the only one like it. A unique piece for your unique collection. Once it's yours, you're the only one in the world who can have it!

All of my pieces come wrapped with love and little surprises just for you!

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Cabinet of Curiosities Specimen no. 35 -The Field Moth Eye Flies Collection - original 3D insect paintings by Mab Graves


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: gouache, acrylic, true love, vintage frame
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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