Property Created for the Inaugural 'Art as Jewelry as Art' Auction

Katia Luna Benaï

'Atlas' Jewelry Box

Lot Closed

October 6, 06:39 PM GMT


5,000 - 7,000 USD

Lot Details


Property Created for the Inaugural Art as Jewelry as Art Auction

Katia Luna Benaï

'Atlas' Jewelry Box

2022, unique, signed on the bottom

hand-made wooden jewelry box carved in a rhombicuboctahedron shape with glass casing on top; upper component opens and the box is additionally embellished with a detachable solid silver attachment; the internal base contains Alcantara® fabric (all components handmade and finished in Italy)

11 8⁄10 by 11 8⁄10 by 11 8⁄10 in.; 30 by 30 by 30 cm.

Created by the artist expressly for the Sotheby’s inaugural 'Art as Jewelry as Art' Auction, 2022

According to Luna Benaï, the 'Atlas' Jewelry Box symbolizes holding the sky whilst encompassing all the jewels and knowledge of Gaia (earth) beneath.

The finish consists of a carved rhombicuboctahedron, one of the many infinity shapes of Archimedean geometry. The imprints are traditional Amazigh symbols which Benaï incorporates into her contemporary design. The detachable jewel consists of solid silver, hand-painted details inspired by the lapis lazuli, turquoise, and carnelian traditionally used by the Amazigh people.

A portion of the proceeds of lot 163 will benefit the Hannan School, a UK-based charity whose mission is to help end the cycle of poverty of the Amazigh people by providing access to early education.