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Black Textured Jar

1994 John Jordan Born: Nashville, Tennessee 1950 box elder, fossilized ivory, india ink, and lacquer overall: 11 7/8 x 9 in. (30.3 x 22.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Smithsonian Women's Committee in honor of Michael W. Monroe, Renwick Gallery Curator-in-Charge, 1986-1995 1995.41A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B

Luce Center Label

John Jordan incorporated a small piece of fossilized white ivory into the lid of this jar to stand out against the dark surface. He applied rich, black ink to the wood to create a shiny texture that hides the material's natural characteristics and enhances the carved detail.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood



wood - box elder

About John Jordan

Born: Nashville, Tennessee 1950

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