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Tides of the Centuries

1991` D. X. Ross Born: New York, New York 1952 Died: 2008 agate, carved jade, silver, gold, and dentalia 6 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 5/8 in. (16.9 x 6.4 x 1.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Donald Freeman Mahan © 1990, D.X. Ross 1996.66 Not currently on view


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In Tides of the Centuries, D. X. Ross juxtaposes unrelated materials to enhance their individual characteristics. The title refers to objects that have been washing ashore for centuries. The cowry shell and the "jellyfish" form at the top of the piece remind us of creatures swimming in the sea, while the carved jade leaf symbolizes the plants and trees that grow on land.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver

stone - agate

stone - jade

About D. X. Ross

Born: New York, New York 1952 Died: 2008