Dental Phantom with Steel Gums and Teeth c.1930
An early 1930’s Dental Phantom. This is certainly one of my favorite pieces. I was shocked when it first caught my eye. Made of an aluminum skull with steel gums. If you look closely you will see the menacing quality of the teeth and the gold fillings peppered throughout. I love to refer to a unique piece like this as an “Industrial Nightmare”. It literally screams at you and combines a sense of dread with a very Metropolis like futuristic feel. I feel it is an amazing juxtaposition that creates a fine art feel.
These phantoms have been used for quite some time, this being a choice specimen. Dental students would work on these for practice. Interestingly the little rivets protruding from the facial area would anchor a rubber face to make it more “human” to work on. Somehow i feel that could have made things far worse? What a strange sight that must have been, quite Terminator.
For myself this was nightmarishly impeccable. I am pretty certain if Gigers Alien, Robocop, and a Cenobite copulated this would be the result.