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Created by:
Winifred Mason Chenet, American, 1912 - 1993  Search this
H x W x D: 1 15/16 × 1 × 1/2 in. (4.9 × 2.5 × 1.3 cm)
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Cultural Place:
Haiti, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
A pair of silver earrings with a Vodou veve designed by Winifred Mason Chenet. The design depicts the veve for the loa "Loco" or "Loko". The earrings are clip-on style with an adjustable screw back. Metal forms a hoop from the front of the earring to the back. The earring post is a leaf design in a coffin shape with upraised lines. A piece of metal attaches a hole in the bottom of the leaf to the top of the circular pendant. The Veve design consists of the figure of a snake wrapped around a center staff. The staff extends at the bottom and scrolls forming a "v" triangular base. On the right, a second staff connects to the right side of the "v". The top of the staff extends horizontally into four scroll designs. A small cross is to the left of the central staff. Stamped on the back of the circular pendant is the designer's mark, [chenet d' HAITI].
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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National Museum of African American History and Culture