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Necklace (Norway), 1983

This is a Necklace. 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 Week series in a post titled No Breeze Will Ruffle These Feathers.

It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Funds and General Acquisition Endowment.

  • Necklace, c. 1965
  • glass, bent, flattened, and welded copper wire, leather.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-28

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Ojo de Agua Necklace, 2005
  • handmade paper.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-100
  • Mitla Necklace, 2012
  • handmade paper.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2016-34-101

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; 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

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rebeca Méndez Selects.

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