Even now, when I look at the image of the strange object in this Photo of The Day, I have no real idea of what it might be.
It could be the dried out stomach of some long dead desert beast. It might be the desiccated heart of a saguaro cactus, or the former plant home of a small desert rodent or bird.
Whatever it is, I found the object hanging on a wall of one of the many adobe buildings that form the unique complex known as the DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun. Located in Tucson, Arizona, the DeGrazia Gallery was the former home and workplace of the artist, Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia.
DeGrazia (June 14, 1909 – September 17, 1982), was an American artist known for his pastel images of Native American children of the American Southwest. In 1944, DeGrazia built his first gallery from adobe, and in 1951, started work on what would become the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District. In 2006, the 10-acre property, with its complex of ten or so adobe buildings was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
If any reader can provide a definitive answer to the nature and origins of the object in the photo, I encourage them to do so via the Comments section below.