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Rare Earth Wishbone

1996 José Chardiet Born: Havana, Cuba 1956 glass, paint, copper 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (41.9 x 41.9 x 19.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Sonia and Isaac Luski 2001.75A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 52B

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Rare Earth Wishbone is one of a series of José Chardiet’s sculptures that fuse African totems with the intense colors and physical energy of Caribbean folk art. The abstract figure wearing a tall copper collar recalls African talismans of women in childbirth. The figure seems to reach upward even as the “legs” plunge into the red, brown, and green glass of the base, suggesting a cycle of birth, death, and return to the earth.



decorative arts

Crafts - Glass

About José Chardiet

Born: Havana, Cuba 1956