Rare Earth Wishbone

  • José Chardiet, Rare Earth Wishbone, 1996, glass, paint, copper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Sonia and Isaac Luski, 2001.75A-C

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Rare Earth Wishbone is one of a series of José Chardiet’s sculptures that fuse African totems with the intense colors and physical energy of Caribbean folk art. The abstract figure wearing a tall copper collar recalls African talismans of women in childbirth. The figure seems to reach upward even as the “legs” plunge into the red, brown, and green glass of the base, suggesting a cycle of birth, death, and return to the earth.

Title
Rare Earth Wishbone
Artist
Date
1996
Location
Dimensions
16 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (41.9 x 41.9 x 19.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Sonia and Isaac Luski

Mediums Description
glass, paint, copper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2001.75A-C
Palette
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