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Armor and Amor

1995 Sondra Sherman Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1958 constructed 18k gold, sterling silver, pink cubic zirconia, and chandelier crystals A (chain and pendant): 25 1/4 x 3/4 in. (64.1 x 2.0 cm) B (chain and pendant): 24 1/2 x 1/2 in. (62.2 x 1.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Emily Sherby Levenson in memory of Sylvia Waldman Sacks 2000.32A-D Not currently on view

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Sondra Sherman balances Mars and Venus, war and love, male and female in Armor and Amor, a matched set of "his-and-hers" necklaces. The female pendant is a curvaceous crystal covered with a lacy network of pink stones. The male counterpart is a phallic stone covered in a silver pinstriped casing, evoking a business suit. Although the feminine pendant appears vulnerable, it is defended by the points that Sherman has emphasized in setting the stone. A jester's collar on the masculine pendant is a humorous jab at male conceit, while the knots in the chain of the necklace signify the confusion we often experience in our relationships.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

About Sondra Sherman

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1958

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