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Paint-Decorated Ostrich Egg

1991.961 (RS21532)

Description

A cream colored ostrich egg with painted patriotic designs in red, white, blue and gold. It has two major motifs: one is a massed flag design; the other is an eagle on a flag design with a blue banner. A swag, tassel and star band encircles the top. Some green and brown branches with leaves complete the flag design. There is a gold border around the bottom and the egg has two blow holes.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1825
Location of origin
Africa
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
eggshell (animal material)
glass (material)
glassblowing
painting (coating)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Blown
Eagle
Eggshell
eggshell (animal material)
Flag
flags
glass (material)
glassblowing
Painted
painting (coating)
patriotism
Patriotism
PICTURE, EGG
pictures (two-dimensional representations)
Dimensions
7 1/2 (H), 5 1/2 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.961
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11511

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