Breastplate and Pendant set

Alan Preston (New Zealander, b.1941), Artist 2006 © All rights reserved See full details

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A breastplate and pendant pierced out of large gold lipped oyster shell. The inner piece has a small hold drilled in the middle with gold chenier set in the hole. Vau or coconut fibre is twisted to make cords with gold wire toggles on the ends. These sets were a number developed by Preston starting around 1998 exploring celtic cruciforms. This set was purchased from the exhibition Made in Aotearoa a survey of Alan Preston’s work at The Dowse in 2007. Reflecting Preston’s interest in Pacific breastplate forms but with the artist’s own twist – pierced from one shell, making two pendants with no waste. Alan Preston is one of the founding members of Fingers jewellery gallery and cooperative beginning in Auckland in 1974.
Breastplate and Pendant set
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gold lipped oyster shell, fine gold, vau (hibiscus bark)
Breastplate: 140 mm ( diameter)
Pendant: 72 mm (diameter)
Credit line
Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2007
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Part of 2 highlight sets