Decanter entitled "Cycladic Figure with His Hair in a Roller"

A work made of silver, nickel, and anodized aluminum.

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  • A work made of silver, nickel, and anodized aluminum.

Date:

1985

Artist:

Thomas P. Muir
American, born 1956
Harper Woods, Michigan

About this artwork

The hollowware of silversmith Thomas Muir often combines anthropomorphic or natural forms with machinelike elements to surreal effect. His “Cycladic Figure” decanter takes inspiration from stylized female statuettes found in ancient Aegean art, but the playful title reveals that Muir has transformed the feminine idol into a man in an unlikely pose. Moreover, the streamlined shape and dual projecting elements below the handle recall the futuristic style of kitchen appliances from Muir’s childhood. In this way, the decanter probes the relationships between body and machine, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern, and sculpture and household object.

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American Art

Artist

Thomas P. Muir

Title

Decanter entitled "Cycladic Figure with His Hair in a Roller"

Origin

United States

Date

1985

Medium

Silver, nickel, and anodized aluminum

Inscriptions

Marked on bottom: "Muir/STERLING"

Dimensions

29.2 × 9.5 × 6.7 cm (11 1/2 × 3 3/4 × 2 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Raymond W. Garbe Fund in honor of Carl A. Erikson, Sr.

Reference Number

1988.206a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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