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African Dance

1988 Oliver Hilliard Booth III Born: Columbia, South Carolina 1940 Died: Annapolis, Maryland 1996 black walnut 8 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (21.7 x 43.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb 1995.100.2 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"Shaping the wood... gratifies my fascination with spatial form and line, grain, color and texture." Hilliard Booth, 1997

Luce Center Label

Hilliard Booth turned and sanded his vessels before applying designs in pencil. He meticulously carved the details into the wood with a fine tool, taking many hours to complete a single carving. Groups of tiny cutouts follow the same direction around the vessels: in African Dance they form a ribbon around the center, and in Bowl they flow down from the opening in textured waves.


decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - black walnut