Ceremonial Urn

  • Steven Goldberg, Ceremonial Urn, 1992, clay, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of MCI, 2001.89.21.1

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Ceremonial Urn is one of two hand-built urns by Steven Goldberg in the American Art Museum’s collection. The shape of the urn, with its single handle and elongated body, is similar to a type of ancient Greek vessel known as a lekythos. Such vessels stored oil used to anoint the bodies of unmarried men after death. Goldberg’s vessel, however, lacks the slender neck of the traditional form, and the circular handle—oddly placed and too small to be used for lifting—suggests that it is more decorative than functional.
Title
Ceremonial Urn
Artists
Date
1992
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Dimensions
20 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 9 3/8 in. (52.0 x 27.1 x 23.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of MCI

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Classifications
Object Number
2001.89.21.1
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