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Ronald Hayes Pearson     Neckpiece

Neckpiece
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
1968, silver, 8 x 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.


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This neckpiece is an exquisite example of contemporary metalwork. Reduced to an elegant simplicity, it is a lyrical embodiment of line and form in space. Decoration is reduced to two facing spirals. One of the most ancient of human signs, spirals evoke swirling cosmos, eternity, and spirituality.