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Necklace (Norway), 1983

This is a Necklace. It was designed by Tone Vigeland. It is dated 1983 and we acquired it in 1984. Its medium is hammered steel nails, raised gold, silver, mother-of-pearl. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Norwegian artist Vigeland, who started her own workshop in 1962, produces jewelry and metal-based clothing. This ruff-like necklace is composed of a silver chainmail form covered by overlapping rows of steel nails, flattened to give them the appearance of feathers. The hammered nails are overlapped by a row of gold pendants, also fastened to the underlying chainmail. The clasp is covered by gold-fitted mother-of-pearl, lending the hardware store-bought nails further elegance.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled No Breeze Will Ruffle These Feathers.

This object was purchased from Tone Vigeland and fund: Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund and General Acquisitions Endowment. It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds and General Acquisition Endowment.

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Its dimensions are

L x W (clasped): 21 x 23 cm (8 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Necklace (Norway), 1983; Designed by Tone Vigeland (Norwegian, b. 1938); hammered steel nails, raised gold, silver, mother-of-pearl; L x W (clasped): 21 x 23 cm (8 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds and General Acquisition Endowment; 1984-83-1

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