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Coma Belt Buckle

1980 David LaPlantz Born: Toledo, Ohio 1944 stainless steel, iron, and nickel silver 4 in. (10.2 cm) wide Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1982.12.1 Not currently on view

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David LaPlantz describes his working state as being between dreams and reality. He often expresses fears and paranoia in his work, and this belt buckle was named for the movie Coma, in which healthy patients at a hospital mysteriously slip into comas after simple operations. LaPlantz’s wife, Shereen, was a basketmaker, weaver, and book artist, who made belts to go with the belt buckles he crafted.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - iron

metal - nickel silver

metal - steel

About David LaPlantz

Born: Toledo, Ohio 1944

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