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Balanced Bowl

1974 Alma Eikerman Born: Pratt, Kansas 1908 Died: Bloomington, Indiana 1995 sterling silver and red brass overall: 7 x 7 1/4 in. (17.8 x 18.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program 1992.93.1A-B Not currently on view


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Balanced Bowl expresses the “energy” that Alma Eikerman saw in all organic forms. The base, stem, bowl, and domed lid are asymmetrically shaped to evoke this liveliness, while the contrast between the cool silver of the body and the warm brass of the lid emphasizes the tension between the parts. The modulated surfaces reveal the hammering process, in which Eikerman methodically worked over the entire surface of the soft silver and somewhat stronger brass.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - brass

metal - silver

About Alma Eikerman

Born: Pratt, Kansas 1908 Died: Bloomington, Indiana 1995

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