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Amuletic Beads #3

1976 William Harper Born: Bucyrus, Ohio 1944 enamel, fine silver, and fine gold 1 1/4 x 7 in. (3.2 x 17.8 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Matthew M. Cohen © 1987, William Harper 1986.55 Not currently on view

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An amulet is a charm or ornament, often inscribed with magic incantations or symbols believed to protect the wearer against evil. In Amuletic Beads #3, Harper has inscribed the symbols using cloisonné enameling, a technique the artist is particularly comfortable with.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

enamel - cloissone

metal - gold

metal - silver

About William Harper

Born: Bucyrus, Ohio 1944

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