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Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor

October 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor showcases approximately 80 wearable works in metal — including helmets, brass knuckles, breastplates, aggressive or defensive jewelry, chain mail, amulets, talismans, and protective gear — designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges.

Ranging from protective hardware (physical fortification) and protective “software” (faith-based adornment), the array of contemporary works underlines the crucial safeguarding function of jewelry and other wearable ornaments.

Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor was organized by the Metal Museum, Memphis, TN. The exhibition was curated by Suzanne Ramljak, Editor of Metalsmith magazine.