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Craft: Wood: Akbar's Accession
Akbar's Accession


Akbar's Accession
1997
Michael Mode
purpleheart, holly, rosewoods, ebony, and pink ivory
overall: 19 x 19 x 12 in. (48.3 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor
1997.12a-b
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"The enchantment and appeal of these structures continue[s] to deepen." Michael Mode, 1997

Michael Mode is inspired by sixteenth-century Indian Mughal architecture. This piece is named for Akbar, one of the greatest rulers of the Mughal dynasty who built many large temples, fortresses, and tombs within the empire. Mode's elevated vessels recall ornate Mughal designs, and he believes the inspirations of these ancient architects have been channeled through his work. The pattern in Akbar's Accession is formed from laminations of holly and purpleheart, and the squares of color stretch and curve around the vessel.

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