"The Golden Fleece" ring


Giovanni Corvaja ( Italian, 1971 )

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General Description

Inspired by the Greek myth of the Golden Fleece, the minuscule gold fibers in this ring (measuring one-fifth the dimension of a human hair), embrace beauty both visually and tacitly. Giovanni Corvaja began researching and experimenting with materials and processes to attempt to materialize the myth itself. Requiring thousands of hours of precise labor, the ring comprises over three hundred thousand feet of gold wire. Corvaja methodically drew the gold material down to a finer and finer thread until it became soft and smooth to the touch, a feeling analogous to the touch of fur.

Adapted from

Bonnie Pitman, ed. Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997), 357.

Fun Facts

  • This ring is so small that it can't fit anyone on the DMA's staff.

Web Resources

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
    See another object from Corvaja's "Golden Fleece" series of objects.

  • TEFAF Maastricht
    Watch a video interview with artist Giovanni Corvaja where he discusses the Golden Fleece series.