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Ceremonial Axe Head

1975 Harold Tovish Born: New York, New York 1921 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008 bronze on wood base 7 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (18.1 x 34.4 x 3.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.80 Not currently on view


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Ceremonial Axe Head shows Harold Tovish’s concern with the relationship between humans and machines. For this piece, Tovish treated the bronze surface with a chemical coating to give it a weathered green color that resembles ritualistic jade pieces from Stone Age China. Although the tool appears “primitive” by modern standards, the shape of the axe warns us that even simple technology has the potential to destroy human lives.

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Abstract

Figure - fragment - skull

Object - tool - axe

sculpture

metal - bronze

wood

About Harold Tovish

Born: New York, New York 1921 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008

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