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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Wood: African Dance
African Dance

African Dance
Oliver Hilliard Booth III
turned and carved black walnut
8 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. (21.7 x 43.9 cm) diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George Peter Lamb and Lucy Scardino in memory of Natalie Rust Lamb
"Shaping the wood... gratifies my fascination with spatial form and line, grain, color and texture." Hilliard Booth, 1997

Hilliard Booth turned and sanded his vessels before applying designs in pencil. He meticulously carved the details into the wood with a fine tool, taking many hours to complete a single carving. Groups of tiny cutouts follow the same direction around the vessels: in African Dance they form a ribbon around the center, and in Bowl they flow down from the opening in textured waves.

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