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Armored Crab

1998 Michael Lee Born: Honolulu, Hawaii 1960 kingwood 2 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (6.6 x 15.0 x 13.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003) 2003.60.33 Not currently on view

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Although Michael Lee's objects are often small, his dramatic carving emphasizes the density and weight of the wood. Armored Crab is carved from kingwood, a very rare, heavy wood from Brazil. The deep lines of the crab's layered armor and curled legs highlight the rich color of this exotic material.


Animal - fish - crab

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - kingwood

About Michael Lee

Born: Honolulu, Hawaii 1960