Tantric Object

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Object Name: 
Necklace
Title: 
Tantric Object
Accession Number: 
2015.3.15
Dimensions: 
Overall L (closed): 65.2 cm, H: 2.1 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
2015
Credit Line: 
30th Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
This necklace is made from the bottoms of old Swiss glass poison bottles, shaped like skulls, which have been cut and decorated with gold lacquer. The end plate, with the molded word "GIFT", has a double meaning: gift in English means a present, in German it means poison. Bernhard Schobinger uses materials that have nothing to do with traditional jewelry, such as shards of glass and pottery, colored pencils, spent underwear elastic, worn eraser nubs, nails, piano keys, and screws. Often combining these seemingly worthless bits and pieces with precious metals and stones, Schobinger denies his jewelry its function as a status symbol and uses it as a vehicle for social expression instead. Necklaces made from skulls, Schobinger says, are symbols in Tantric Buddhism of emptiness, of the illusion of reality, and this necklace is a contemporary expression of that emptiness. For him, it is the symbolic quality of a material, rather than its intrinsic value, that makes it worthy of being transformed into an object. Made of precious scavenged materials, his sometimes unwearable objects challenge our conventional understanding of the purposes of jewelry and adornment.
Provenance: 
Schobinger, Bernhard (Swiss, b. 1946), Source
2015
to
2015-10-26
Category: 
Inscription: 
542 / Mod dep
inscription
Molded relief on base of one bottle
GIFT
inscription
Molded relief on front of end plate
[trefoil] 1001
inscription
Molded relief on side of one bottle
76 / 76009 / 4
inscription
Molded relief on base of one bottle
70 [image of trefoil] / 76009 / 1
inscription
Molded relief on base of one bottle
[image of trefoil]
inscription
Molded relief on side of one bottle
25 cl [image of trefoil]
inscription
Molded relief on side of one bottle
[image of trefoil] Mod. / dep. / 76009 / 5
inscription
Molded relief on base of largest bottle
74 / 76009 / 2
inscription
Molded relief on base of one bottle
25 cl [image of trefoil]
inscription
Molded relief on side of one bottle
[image of trefoil] / 76009 / 2
inscription
Molded relief on base of one bottle
74 / 76009 / 5
inscription
Molded relief on base of one bottle
TANTRIC OBJECT / CORNING / B. S. / 2015
signature
Engraved on back of end plate
Primary Description: 
Necklace, "Tantric Object". Green found glass (antique Swiss poison bottles), colorless glass tubes, Japanese "urushi" gold lacquer, nylon string; cut, decorated, assembled. Necklace made from the bottoms of seven antique Swiss glass poison bottles, shaped like skulls, that have been cut and decorated with gold lacquer. Square end plate with molded word, "GIFT".
Note: The Rakow Commission (2016) illustrated, p. 101; BIB# AI101516
Acquisitions (2016) illustrated, p. 57 #40; BIB# AI101418
Recent Acquisitions: Tantric Object -- Bernhard Schobinger (2016) illustrated, p. 16; BIB# AI101633
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2015 (2015) illustrated, p. 8; BIB# 706294