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Hand of Fatima Pendant

This is a pendant. It was made by Kenneth Snelson. It is dated 1972 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is steel wire, brass, copper. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Elaine Lustig Cohen. It is credited Gift of Elaine Lustig Cohen.

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Its dimensions are

h: 11.4 x w: 9.2 cm (4 1/2 x 3 5/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Marked: K. Snelson '72 Hand of Fatima

Cite this object as

Hand of Fatima Pendant; Made by Kenneth Snelson (American, 1927–2016); USA; steel wire, brass, copper; h: 11.4 x w: 9.2 cm (4 1/2 x 3 5/8 in.); Gift of Elaine Lustig Cohen; 1997-59-2

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