Metha

  • Tod Pardon, Metha, 1996, sterling silver, 14k gold, copper, pigment, simulated ivory horn, wood, beads, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha and Pat Connell, 1996.100

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Metha is an example of the figural brooches that characterize Tod Pardon’s mature work. This small-scale figure recalls Colima figures of western Mexico and Cycladic art of ancient Greece, and incorporates the leg-wrapping tradition of the Masai warriors of Kenya. By including a display pedestal in the work, Pardon departs from conventional ideas of the function of jewelry. He encourages the viewer to appreciate the formal relationships of color, form, and texture.

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“Over the past ten years my work has embraced this duality, of whimsy and fear . . . I find an exquisite irony in using the medium of jewelry, meant to be an expression of beautiful adornment, as a canvas for my ‘bugaboos.’” Tod Pardon

Title
Metha
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Dimensions
6 7/8 x 2 1/8 x 7/8 in. (17.5 x 5.4 x 2.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Martha and Pat Connell

Mediums
Mediums Description
sterling silver, 14k gold, copper, pigment, simulated ivory horn, wood, beads
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Abstract
Object Number
1996.100
Palette
Linked Open Data
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