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Craft: Wood: Armored Crab
Armored Crab


Armored Crab
1998
Michael Lee
kingwood
2 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 5 1/8 in. (6.6 x 15.0 x 13.0 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995-2003)
2003.60.33
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Although Michael Lee's objects are often small, his dramatic carving emphasizes the density and weight of the wood. Armored Crab is carved from kingwood, a very rare, heavy wood from Brazil. The deep lines of the crab's layered armor and curled legs highlight the rich color of this exotic material.


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