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Rhyme and Pun Necklace #1

Bruce Metcalf, American, born 1949

Made in United States, North and Central America


Brass, copper, wood, shell, coral, gourd, acrylic, glass, lint balls, plastic, stainless steel, paint

Chain (Diameter): 7 1/2 inches (19.1 cm) Wood Charm (Length): 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm)

© Courtesy Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by The Women’s Committee and the Craft Show Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2002

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Bruce Metcalf’s Rhyme and Pun Necklace #1 is an assemblage of found objects. A fusion of the natural and man-made, his adornments juxtapose perception with reality through techniques such as casting (pouring liquid metal into a mold) and electroforming (depositing metal onto a substrate with an electric current).

Metcalf’s mixed media pieces reveal his virtuosity as a craftsman. For this necklace, he explains, “Some parts are found objects, some are made, and some are made to look like found objects.” The artist incorporates his affinity for children’s toys and love of miniature worlds through the addition of a small house from a model railroad set, creating a truly whimsical neckpiece.