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Permutation / Plates
Permutation / Plates
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Date:
1997
Location:
Not on display
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Media:
Color Aquatint And Hardground Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet: 660 x 787 mm (26 x 31 in.)
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Continent:
North America
Accession Number:
2015.37.346
Acquisition Date:
2015-10-07
Credit Line:

Foundation purchase, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions

Two old-fashioned, white-garbed acrobats are balancing spinning plates while one balances on the head of the other. On the left is a grid of geometric shapes that are different arrangements of a "Magic Square," referencing the "qi ao ban," or "seven magic boards," the ancient Chinese game of math in which a square is broken into seven geometric shapes that can be re-configured into unlimited permutations.