Chukar Chandelier by Yeni Mao

Chukar Chandelier, designed 2008
galvanized steel bar, brass patinated plate, 110 cast chukar skulls plated with 14-carat gold, heat-resistant Viton cord, electrical hardware
approximately 48" h x 29" l x 19½" w
(height customizable)
edition of 25 and 3 APs

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Chukar Chandelier illustrates the story of desire surrounding the Indian myth of the chukar, a bird native to South Asia and the national bird of Pakistan, which is said to be in love with the moon and gazes at it continuously. For this stunning chandelier. 110 brilliant cast chukar skulls are arranged in hanging flock formation. At once elegant and macabre, these bronze skulls plated in 14 - carat gold provide an allegory for the loss and disconnection experienced in human immigrations, a central theme to Mao’s work that addresses the complications of cultural hybridization, correlating human social behavior, and functions of natural systems. You can learn more about Yeni's artwork by visiting his website:

Available in a limited edition of 25, the chandelier’s height is customizable.