Morris Arboretum

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Untitled, Cast Bronze Bell

Creator: Toshiko Takaezu (American, b. 1922, d. 2011)
Material: cast bronze bell, wood and metal support
Year: 1992
Gift of Jane and Leonard Korman

The internationally known ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu has often created clay vessels that mysteriously rattle when shaken. In the 1980s, she began making bronze bells to further explore sound as a component in her sculpture.

The Hawaiian-born artist researched Japanese bell designs and learned to thicken the instrument's rim and top, to enhance sound quality. The simple wooden support evokes a Shinto shrine, dedicated to the traditional spirits of the natural world.

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