Harlan W. Butt, Earth Beneath Our Feet: Incense Burner #3, 2000, silver, brass, enamel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Midwest Enamelist Guild, 2000.45A-B
This incense burner, or censer, depicts a dramatic moment in a small corner of nature. An incantation on the edge of the lid reads "devour, transformation, metamorphosis." It refers to the fate of the frog about to be taken by the snake in an act that will transform both creatures. The rich enameling on the body of the censer replicates the hypnotic array of scales on the snake's skin, and calls our attention to the beautiful and the terrifying in nature's cycles.
Luce Object Quote"The tops of my recent vessels are a stage to spotlight scenes from nature. These often depict both its beauty and harshness." Artist's statement
Earth Beneath Our Feet: Incense Burner #3
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4 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (11.1 x 16.7 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the Midwest Enamelist Guild
- Landscape – plant – water lily
- Animal – reptile – snake
- Animal – amphibian – frog
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