Wood Necklace #11

  • Bruce Metcalf, Wood Necklace #11, 1994, fabricated, raised, chased, repoussaged, machined, and painted maple, cedar, copper, tagua nut, pre-fossil horse tooth, glass eye, Micarta, brass, aluminum, stainless steel cable, paints, and pigments, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1996.48

Luce Center Label

Wood Necklace #11 is one of a series of objects that include Buddhist prayer beads. In this piece, Bruce Metcalf combines unusual elements, including a tagua nut and a prefossil horse tooth, with the prayer beads to evoke the mystery and wonder of ancient ritual. The cartoon-like female figure struggling to emerge from the leafy pod comments on the human condition in contemporary life. Metcalf leaves the viewer to construct a narrative about the figure and to find individual meaning through reflection.

Luce Object Quote

“I present narratives about redemption. These are stories about the difficult process of learning to see the other as truly human, about making offerings to those in need, and about the urgent need for all of us to nurture something or somebody.” Artist’s statement, 1993

Title
Wood Necklace #11
Artist
Date
1994
On View
Dimensions
17 x 15 1/2 x 2 in. (43.2 x 39.4 x 5.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Mediums Description
fabricated, raised, chased, repoussaged, machined, and painted maple, cedar, copper, tagua nut, pre-fossil horse tooth, glass eye, Micarta, brass, aluminum, stainless steel cable, paints, and pigments
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – fragment – hand
  • Fantasy
Object Number
1996.48
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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