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1973 Albert Paley Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1944 gold, silver, copper, labradorite, moonstone, jade, glass, ivory 22 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (55.9 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program © 1973, Albert Paley 1991.135 Not currently on view

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"My jewelry was meant to be worn by women who had the psychological and political bearing to deal with their sexuality and self-image." Artist quoted in "Paley's Power Pieces," The World and I, March 1992

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Albert Paley sees the body as a stage for presenting his "wearable sculpture" and engineered this piece ergonomically so that it would move in direct response to the body. The large scale of Pendant dominates the female form and forces the wearer to become a dynamic element of the composition. In the context of the feminist movement of the 1970s, Pendant may be read as the transformation of a personal item into a public symbol of strength.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - copper

metal - gold

metal - silver

About Albert Paley

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1944

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