ca. 1985 Ramona Solberg Born: Watertown, South Dakota 1921 Died: Seattle, Washington 2005 sterling silver, cinnabar, wood, glass 5 x 2 x 1 in. (12.7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Lloyd E. Herman, founding director and director emeritus of the Renwick Gallery (1971-1986) 1990.90 Not currently on view
Luce Center Quote
“Jewelry should communicate warmth and kinship. It succeeds best when it connects with people.” Artist quoted in Adornment Newsletter, Fall 2001
Luce Center Label
Ramona Solberg came up with the idea for these brooches when her local bead society had a bazaar, and she chose to combine them with metal rather than string them conventionally. These pieces recall the fibulae that the ancient Celts used to fasten cloaks around their shoulders.
decorative arts - jewelry
Crafts - Metal
metal - silver