M-O-P Button Necklace

  • Sondra Sherman, M-O-P Button Necklace, 1987, mother of pearl, glass, iron, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Libby Cooper in memory of Lillian Bardfield, 2002.60

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Sondra Sherman plays with traditional ideas of womanhood in M-O-P Button Necklace. The title refers to mother-of-pearl, the iridescent shell used in this piece. However, the necklace, its materials, and its title evoke different aspects of gender identity. Since jewelry is meant to ornament the body, the necklace triggers thoughts of ideal beauty, a concept reinforced by the fact that mother-of-pearl comes from the sea, the birthplace of Venus.

Title
M-O-P Button Necklace
Artists
Date
1987
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Not on view.
Dimensions
11 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 in. (29.2 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Libby Cooper in memory of Lillian Bardfield

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Object Number
2002.60
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