Akbar's Accession

  • Michael Mode, Akbar's Accession, 1997, purpleheart, holly, rosewoods, ebony, and pink ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor, 1997.12A-B

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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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"The enchantment and appeal of these structures continue[s] to deepen." Michael Mode, 1997
Title
Akbar's Accession
Artist
Date
1997
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: 19 x 19 x 12 in. (48.3 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of an anonymous donor

Mediums
Mediums Description
purpleheart, holly, rosewoods, ebony, and pink ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
  • Ethnic – Asian Indian
Object Number
1997.12A-B
Palette
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