John Jordan incorporated a small piece of fossilized white ivory into the lid of this jar to stand out against the dark surface. He applied rich, black ink to the wood to create a shiny texture that hides the material’s natural characteristics and enhances the carved detail.
Black Textured Jar
- overall: 11 7⁄8 x 9 in. (30.3 x 22.9 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee in honor of Michael W. Monroe, Renwick Gallery Curator-in-Charge, 1986–1995
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- box elder, fossilized ivory, india ink, and lacquer
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