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Ostrich Egg

1991.963 (RS21530)

Description

A very white ostrich egg with an incised decoration of three major motifs, suggesting that this was a wedding present. The first motif has: initials, a date, and hearts with arrows surrounded by olive branches, drapes and a ribbon. The second motif has a pastorial scene with a couple sitting on a river bank. The man has a staff and pipe. The last motif has the scales of justice and a sword, also a geometric design along the top and bottom. An old cord is attached to the top.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
dated 1802
Inscriptions
Incised in the first motif is: INAF/1802.
Location of origin
Africa
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
eggshell (animal material)
glass (material)
glassblowing
incising
painting (coating)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Arrow
arrows
Blown
Eggshell
eggshell (animal material)
Geometric
geometric patterns
glass (material)
glassblowing
Heart
hearts (motifs)
Incised
incising
Justice
marriage
Matrimony
Painted
painting (coating)
PICTURE, EGG
pictures (two-dimensional representations)
scenes (depictions)
Scenic
Dimensions
6.25 (H), 4.5 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.963
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11513

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