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Punch Bowl

Possibly by Joseph Heinrichs, American (active New York and Paris), active 1897 - 1937

Possibly made in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America


Copper and silver with stone arrowhead decoration; interior electroplated with gold

13 1/2 x 23 3/4 x 18 inches (34.3 x 60.3 x 45.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 111, American Art, first floor

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Richardson Fund and the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1993

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In the twentieth century, as the eastern United States became more industrialized and urban, objects and images that evoked the ruggedness of the American West became popular. The iconography of this punch bowl - the representation of American Indian heads and bear pelt, together with the stone arrowheads - came to symbolize the country's uniqueness and strength as it was taking its place as a world power.

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