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
It is credited
The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
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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, 1987; 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