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1901

  • Work on this object began.

1915

  • Work on this object ended.

1972

  • We acquired this object.

2014

2020

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Screen (India), early 20th century

This is a Screen. It was designed by Lockwood de Forest and made by Ahmedabad Wood Carving Company. It is dated early 20th century and we acquired it in 1972. Its medium is teakwood. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

While silversmiths made jewelry for the rich and the poor, lower castes were confined to silver pieces such as this ankle bracelet, often worn by males and females in layers that completed head-to-toe ornamentation. Bells, intended to frighten away evil spirits, lent a musical effect.

This object was donated by Fernanda Munn Kellogg. It is credited Gift of Fernanda Munn Kellogg.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 113.7 x 112.7 x 1.6 cm (44 3/4 x 44 3/8 x 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Screen (India), early 20th century; Designed by Lockwood de Forest (American, 1850–1932); teakwood; H x W x D: 113.7 x 112.7 x 1.6 cm (44 3/4 x 44 3/8 x 5/8 in.); Gift of Fernanda Munn Kellogg; 1972-79-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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