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Akbar's Accession

1997 Michael Mode Born: Quakertown, Pennsylvania 1946 purpleheart, holly, rosewoods, ebony, and pink ivory overall: 19 x 19 x 12 in. (48.3 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of an anonymous donor 1997.12A-B Not currently on view

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"The enchantment and appeal of these structures continue[s] to deepen." Michael Mode, 1997

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Michael Mode is inspired by sixteenth-century Indian Mughal architecture. This piece is named for Akbar, one of the greatest rulers of the Mughal dynasty who built many large temples, fortresses, and tombs within the empire. Mode's elevated vessels recall ornate Mughal designs, and he believes the inspirations of these ancient architects have been channeled through his work. The pattern in Akbar's Accession is formed from laminations of holly and purpleheart, and the squares of color stretch and curve around the vessel.


Abstract - geometric

Ethnic - Asian Indian

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - ebony

wood - holly

wood - pink ivorywood

wood - purpleheart

wood - rosewood

About Michael Mode

Born: Quakertown, Pennsylvania 1946