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Golden Pearls of Wisdom, Fragrant Petals of Blessings Go Forth to the Four Corners of the Earth...

1994 Martin Douglas Kilmer Born: Binghamton, New York 1945 carved clam shell, pearls, bone, mother-of-pearl, horn, ivory, moonstones, antique gold-washed silver, silver, silver-plated antique French cut steel, leather Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist and his wife, Mrs. Jane L. Guerber in memory of Mrs. Lois A. Darling and Mrs. Elizabeth Bainum 1999.68 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 57B

Luce Center Label

This neckpiece began with the central element, which came from a large Tibetan mother-of-pearl hat ornament. The similarity in color unifies the contemporary and antique materials with the found objects. The ornate quality of the clamshell prompted the long poetic title, which probably refers to the political tensions between Tibet and the People's Republic of China. The hanging beads are meant to "rain down" from the centerpiece and animate the color and texture with their movement.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Mixed Media

animal parts - bone

animal parts - horn

animal parts - leather

animal parts - shell - mother of pearl


metal - silver

metal - steel

stone - moonstone

stone - pearl

About Martin Douglas Kilmer

Born: Binghamton, New York 1945