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Mid century Maigon Daga Seal / Walrus art scupture figurine or paperweight. Made of ceramic and stone, purchased at Wiley's, Wayne Plaza, Dayton, Ohio.
MAIGONIS ‘MIKE’ DAGA (1923-2001) was born in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Australia in1948 as a war refugee. While in Australia he attended the Adelaide School of Art where he studied sculpture before beginning his career in studio ceramics in 1954. His early Australian work consisted of modernist, slip cast forms that were focused on, but were not limited to, functional forms, and were well received. These early works are signed ‘Daga’ on the base along with a form number. He ran his successful commercial pottery studio until 1964 when he closed it to immigrate to the U.S. Once in America, Daga produced ceramics from his home until 1970, when he opened another business called the ‘Daga Design Studio’ at 4505 34th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN. During the 1970's he produced a number of commissioned works including the 'Sears, Vincent Price National Treasures' series of dinnerware which replicated colonial Williamsburg pottery from the 1700's. In the 1980's Daga began sculpting and producing the animal forms on granite plinths for which he has become widely known.
12.5” x 6” x 8.5” (Width x Depth x Height)