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This is a brooch. It was designed by Manfred Bischoff. It is dated 1987 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is gold, cut coral. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Manfred Bischoff worked with gold, coral, and jade to produce intricately conceived and precisely wrought sculptural compositions in which he frequently sought to capture the moment when an idea or emotion takes on physical form. This brooch consists of a non-idealized fragment of a female body that suggests Paleolithic fertility figures such as the Venus of Willendorf.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

  • Bracelet
  • coral.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-20
  • Ornament
  • coral.
  • Gift of Mrs. Gustav E. Kissel.
  • 1928-5-54-a/c

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  • carved marble.
  • Gift of Paul Manheim.
  • 1967-92-8

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 6.5 × 4.5 × 1.2 cm (2 9/16 × 1 3/4 × 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

On reverse, 'MB 87' scratched onto surface, back distressed in recesses

Cite this object as

Brooch; Designed by Manfred Bischoff (German, 1947 - 2015); gold, cut coral; H x W x D: 6.5 × 4.5 × 1.2 cm (2 9/16 × 1 3/4 × 1/2 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-10

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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