Probably late 1970s
The origin of this dramatic piece is a mystery, and while it may or may not have been made by a "name" artist, it is very evident is that it was created by someone with a finely-developed sense of design and command of craft. This beautiful wall sculpture was built on a base of 3/8" raw, unfinished mahogany covered with hand-patinated sheet brass. Several pieces of wood, varying in thickness from 1/2" to 2", were then covered with sheet copper and brass and attached to the base. Hand tools were used to emboss the metal with various shapes and designs. The entire piece appears to have been covered with a coat of lacquer which, in darkening over the past 25 or so years, has highlighted the shape and depth of the hand-hammered forms. The piece is wired to hang vertically, but depending on the requirements of your space, it could just as easily be hung horizontally.