Poise 'n Ivy League Class Ring

  • Barbara Walter, Poise 'n Ivy League Class Ring, 1995, cast, roll-printed, and fabricated sterling silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Sylvia and Eric Elsesser, 2002.72.5

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Poise 'n Ivy League Class Ring plays on the tradition of the high school or college ring. The ring depicts a miniature octagonal building with a dome, which opens to reveal a gentleman dressed in business attire and an overcoat. Like the traditional class ring, this piece has numbers on each side of the central element, but the Roman numerals make us think of the Ivy League colleges associated with the upper class. By calling our attention to the appearance and manners of the rich, Barbara Walter invites us to question the changeable meanings of the word "class."
Luce Object Quote
"Sometimes what seems to be the most direct method, verbal communication, can become the most confusing and misunderstood." Artist quoted in Touch of a Finger; Turn of a Phrase: Ring Toys of Barbara Walter
Poise 'n Ivy League Class Ring
Not on view
2 3/8 x 1 x 1 1/8 in. (6.0 x 2.5 x 2.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Sylvia and Eric Elsesser

Mediums Description
cast, roll-printed, and fabricated sterling silver
  • Architecture Exterior – education – university
  • Object – written matter
  • Figure male – bust
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