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Brisings' Stole

2002 Lori Talcott Born: Olympia, Washington 1959 fabricated and photo etched silver, brass, and stainless steel 17 1/8 × 8 7/8 × 2 1/8 in. (43.4 × 22.4 × 5.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ina and Jack Kay 2003.48 Not currently on view

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“Brisings’ Stole,” from Lori Talcott’s Arbor Mundi series, is an homage to the mythic Brisingamen, a necklace belonging to Freyja, the Norse goddess ruling over life and death. The necklace is a symbol of Freyja’s creative and destructive powers, and is described in Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon prose and poetry. Talcott took facsimiles from all the original medieval texts that mention the piece and photoetched them onto the metal. In this way, Brisings’ Stole contains the entire history of the necklace.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - brass

metal - silver

metal - steel

About Lori Talcott

Born: Olympia, Washington 1959