Silver "dinner gong" and "wishbone" earrings by Art Smith

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Designed by
Smith, Art, American, 1917 - 1982
Owned by
Williams, Anne, American, born 1924
Medium
silver
Dimensions
H x W x D (Dimensions for both): 4 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 in. (10.2 × 3.8 × 3.2 cm)
Type
earrings
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1946-1979
Description
A pair of silver wishbone earrings with dinner gongs. The tops of the earrings feature a piece of silver that is flattened at the top with a tear drop shaped edge. The silver then splits into to rounded pieces of silver that curve towards the back and then flatten and come to a point at the ends. This top part somewhat resembles a wish bone. Each hooked piece of silver has a hole in it. This equals four (4) holes, two (2) on each of the earrings. The holes have rounded pieces of silver going through them. These pieces are almost triangular in shape but have curved corners. There is a hooked piece of silver attached to the back of the "wishbone" It has a pointed end and is the part that goes into the pierced ears. The coloring is not completely even and there are some minor scratches. The backs of the earrings where the hooks are attached are peeling slightly.
Topic
African American
Art
Beauty culture
Clothing and dress
Craftsmanship
Design
Fashion
Ornamentation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.174.2ab
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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