Lupin Wedding Crown

  • Heikki Seppä, Lupin Wedding Crown, 1982, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 2001.46

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In this piece, Heikki Seppä employed two technical innovations for silver and gold: three-dimensional tessellation (the creation of a mosaic pattern using small squares of stone or glass) and the use of 20-gauge silver sheet stock. The title of the piece refers to a Finnish custom similar to "throwing the bouquet." In the wedding rite, the bride wears a gold crown adorned with a lupin, a wild plant symbolizing abundance and fertility. Following the ceremony, the bride is blindfolded and single women dance around her.

Title
Lupin Wedding Crown
Artists
Date
1982
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
4 1/2 x 8 x 8 1/4 in. (11.5 x 20.4 x 20.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – hat
  • Dress – ceremonial – wedding dress
Object Number
2001.46
Palette
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