Terra Sigillatta Bell
Decorative Arts and Design
Betty Woodman, the doyenne of American studio ceramics, has had a keen interest in the art of antiquity and other cultures since the beginning of her career in the 1950s. Here she has transposed the form of an ancient Japanese ceremonial bronze bell known as the dotaku into terra-cotta and then covered the handbuilt bell with a lustrous glaze, terra sigillata, inspired by ancient Roman redware.
24 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (62.2 x 41.3 x 33.7 cm) (show scale)
impressed on outer lower rim: "WOODMAN"
Gift of Charles Woodman and Andrea Torrice
Tall, thick walled, cylindrical shape, inspired by early Japanese bell-shaped ritual object, with faceted sides, raised on a flattened, stepped base, lower third appears thrown; tapers toward top, flat attached lid with flared lip. Decoration at top composed of two identical arched pieces, flattened and abstracted, thick walled and irregular shaped with symmetrically applied lugs. Two irregular, thick walled shaped wings at sides composed of two joined pieces, with lugs to top. Overall, irregular matt finish.
Condition: Very Good, three small irregularities on body.
This item is not on view
Betty Woodman (American, 1930-2018). Terra Sigillatta Bell, 1975. Glazed earthenware, 24 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (62.2 x 41.3 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charles Woodman and Andrea Torrice, 2009.79. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2009.79_PS9.jpg)
overall, 2009.79_PS9.jpg., 2019
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