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Head Vase with Large Lips

1988 Janet Prip Born: Hornell, New York 1950 cast bronze with relieved and burnished edges 13 5/8 x 6 5/8 x 2 in. (34.6 x 16.8 x 5.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance © 1988, Janet Prip 1995.42.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Janet Prip has created many "head" vases that show stylized faces. She uses the seams in the metal to form the profile of each face, emphasizing an element of the process that many craftsmen try to conceal. The differences between her head vases are very subtle, but the soft curves of Head Vase with Large Lips suggest a female face, while the severe lines of Head Vase with Jagged Hair (see 1995.42.2) indicate a male profile. Prip plays with different features, such as the arch of a nose or the shape of an eye, to endow each of her pieces with a unique personality.

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Figure - head

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - bronze

About Janet Prip

Born: Hornell, New York 1950

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