Silver earrings with Vodou veve designed by Winifred Mason Chenet

Created by
Chenet, Winifred Mason, American, 1912 - 1993
Date
1948-1993
Medium
silver
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1 15/16 × 1 × 1/2 in. (4.9 × 2.5 × 1.3 cm)
Description
A pair of silver earrings with a Vodou veve designed by Winifred Mason Chenet. The design depicts the veve for the loa "Loco" or "Loko". The earrings are clip-on style with an adjustable screw back. Metal forms a hoop from the front of the earring to the back. The earring post is a leaf design in a coffin shape with upraised lines. A piece of metal attaches a hole in the bottom of the leaf to the top of the circular pendant. The Veve design consists of the figure of a snake wrapped around a center staff. The staff extends at the bottom and scrolls forming a "v" triangular base. On the right, a second staff connects to the right side of the "v". The top of the staff extends horizontally into four scroll designs. A small cross is to the left of the central staff. Stamped on the back of the circular pendant is the designer's mark, [chenet d' HAITI].
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Cultural Place
Haiti, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
Classification
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Adornment
Type
jewelry
Topic
African diaspora
Art
Craftsmanship
Design
Fashion
Folklife
Ornamentation
Religion
Spirituality
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2018.4.3ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59c7d0902-66dc-4a98-9611-3a450a956043
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