Armor and Amor

  • Sondra Sherman, Armor and Amor, 1995, constructed 18k gold, sterling silver, pink cubic zirconia, and chandelier crystals, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Emily Sherby Levenson in memory of Sylvia Waldman Sacks, 2000.32A-D

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Sondra Sherman balances Mars and Venus, war and love, male and female in Armor and Amor, a matched set of "his-and-hers" necklaces. The female pendant is a curvaceous crystal covered with a lacy network of pink stones. The male counterpart is a phallic stone covered in a silver pinstriped casing, evoking a business suit. Although the feminine pendant appears vulnerable, it is defended by the points that Sherman has emphasized in setting the stone. A jester's collar on the masculine pendant is a humorous jab at male conceit, while the knots in the chain of the necklace signify the confusion we often experience in our relationships.

Title
Armor and Amor
Artist
Date
1995
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
A (chain and pendant): 25 1/4 x 3/4 in. (64.1 x 2.0 cm)
B (chain and pendant): 24 1/2 x 1/2 in. (62.2 x 1.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Emily Sherby Levenson in memory of Sylvia Waldman Sacks

Mediums Description
constructed 18k gold, sterling silver, pink cubic zirconia, and chandelier crystals
Classifications
Object Number
2000.32A-D
Palette
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