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Grotesque Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Mute Oracle
  • William Harper
    born 1944
    born: Bucyrus, Ohio, United States ; active: United States
  • Grotesque Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Mute Oracle, 1990
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gold, silver, pearl, amethyst, plastic, gold cloisonné enamel
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 100 x 108 x 60 mm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 7/8 x 4 1/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Friends of the Art Museum
  • Not on display
  • 1992.0038
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Circular brooch (identified as a grotesque self-portrait of the artist as a mute oracle) with twenty-four and fourteen karat gold, silver, pearl, amethyst, plastic, and gold cloisonné enamel. A gold cone protrudes from the center with a half-circle suspended beneath it with gold disks attached. A large faceted stone (identified as an amethyst) is bezel set above the cone. Two red bullet-shaped pieces are attached to the left and right of the cone. The background is done in blue, green, and yellow enamel with a gold border.