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North America Plate

1990 Mary Douglas Born: Taylorsville, North Carolina 1956 repoussé and chased 18 gauge copper sheet, wax, and oil paint 5/8 x 9 in. (1.6 x 22.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1998.113.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

Luce Center Label

North America Plate has been shaped into a profile of the United States like those we often see in souvenir stands at Yellowstone or Mount Rushmore. The French term repoussé refers to the method of hammering the design into the metal surface from the back. The title is a pun on the geologists' term for the section of the earth's crust on which our nation stands.


Landscape - North America

Object - written matter - map

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - copper

paint - oil


About Mary Douglas

Born: Taylorsville, North Carolina 1956

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