Black Textured Jar

Copied John Jordan, Black Textured Jar, 1994, box elder, fossilized ivory, india ink, and lacquer, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee in honor of Michael W. Monroe, Renwick Gallery Curator-in-Charge, 1986 – 1995, 1995.41A-B

Artwork Details

Title
Black Textured Jar
Artist
Date
1994
Dimensions
overall: 11 789 in. (30.322.9 cm) diam.
Credit Line
Gift of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee in honor of Michael W. Monroe, Renwick Gallery Curator-in-Charge, 1986 – 1995
Mediums Description
box elder, fossilized ivory, india ink, and lacquer
Classifications
Object Number
1995.41A-B

Artwork Description

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.