Heikki Seppä, Lupin Wedding Crown, 1982, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 2001.46
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.
Lupin Wedding Crown
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4 1/2 x 8 x 8 1/4 in. (11.5 x 20.4 x 20.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
- Dress – accessory – hat
- Dress – ceremonial – wedding dress
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