Brass loop earrings by Art Smith

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Designed by
Smith, Art, American, 1917 - 1982
Owned by
Williams, Anne, American, born 1924
Medium
brass
Dimensions
H x W x D (2016.174.1a): 3 1/4 × 2 1/2 × 1/2 in. (8.3 × 6.4 × 1.3 cm)
H x W x D (2016.174.1b): 3 1/4 × 2 1/2 × 1/4 in. (8.3 × 6.4 × 0.6 cm)
Type
earrings
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1946-1979
Description
A pair of brass loop earrings. Each individual earring is made of one piece of brass. The top part of the earring is an incomplete circle and most of the brass is flattened. At the bottom of the circle the two ends twist together and the brass is rounded. Once the twist is complete the two ends stick out horizontally to the sides. The brass is flattened and the ends are tear drop shaped. There is a second piece of brass connected at each of the the tops of the earrings. The top of the piece is flattened and tear drop shaped. The brass then becomes rounded and twists around the circle. There is a hook with a pointed end attached to the back. This is where the earrings go into the pierced ears. The earrings dangle and are approximately 2 1/2 inches wide. The coloring is not completely even and there are some minor scratches on the earrings.
Topic
African American
Art
Craftsmanship
Design
Fashion
Ornamentation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.174.1ab
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Art Smith
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Collection title
Art Smith Jewelry Collection
Classification
Adornment
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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