Vase, ca. 1928
Marinot’s mask-like glass vases directly reference African forms, as does Man Ray’s photograph of Kiki de Montparnasse, which contrasts the soft, porcelainlike quality of the dancer’s skin with the angular ebony of an African mask. Man Ray’s study may have been the result of a collaboration with his friend, American set designer George Sakier, who lived in Paris, owned the mask, and might have even staged the shot. Sakier, after his return to the US designed glass for Fostoria, as seen later in the exhibition.
It is credited
Lent by The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of C. M. de Hauke, 1929.114.
Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 22 × 16.6 cm (8 11/16 × 6 9/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.