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Niijima Floats
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of James Renwick Alliance and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program
1991–1992, blown glass, Garnet Black and Mint Green Float with Dimple: 18 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.; Mottled Blue-Black Float with Silver Leaf: 25 x 26 1/4 x 25 3/4 in.; Snow White and Gold Leaf: 21 5/8 x 25 x 24 in.

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These three large pieces of multicolored blown glass are in themselves exciting objects. Arranged as they are, in an exhibition setting, they appear to be large, polished stones set in a Japanese Shinto garden. In fact, the title Niijima Floats refers to a Japanese festival.