Carved Forms

  • Nina Gaby, Carved Forms, 1979, carved and glazed porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1981.61B

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Nina Gaby's Carved Forms are a pair of irregularly shaped vases, each with a unique, notched lip and sculpted surface decoration. She used a strong, fine-grained clay that is able to stand up to her manipulations, from incising a design in the surface to the removal of sections of clay. Despite their small scale and decorative holes, the vases remain useful objects. These vessels highlight Gaby's interest in creating small, detailed pieces, inspired by viewing Persian miniature paintings in London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Title
Carved Forms
Artist
Date
1979
On View
Dimensions
4 5/8 x 3 3/4 in. (11.7 x 9.5 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and glazed porcelain
Classifications
Object Number
1981.61B
Palette
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