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Box Ring

ca. 1960 Earl Pardon Born: Memphis, Tennessee 1926 Died: Boston, Massachusetts 1991 sterling silver, ebony, ivory and amethyst 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1/2 in. (3.0 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund 2003.20 Not currently on view

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To create Box Ring and related pieces, Earl Pardon borrowed from the visual properties and spiritual force of African tribal art. This influence can be traced not only in the colors and forms designed into the piece, but also in his mix of precious jewels with other natural materials such as ebony and ivory.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal


metal - silver

stone - amethyst

wood - ebony