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Ostrich Egg

1991.958 (RS21529)

Description

A small very white ostrich egg finally carved in three motifs. Justice shows a woman with a sword and a child with scales. Fortitude shows a man sitting with a lion in the background. Temperance shows a woman giving a child a drink. All of them are outlined in diamond shaped borders. The top is decorated in a floral pattern with tasseled curtains. The bottom repeats the floral pattern and adds hearts between the motifs. There is a small string hanger in the hole end.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Inscriptions
Carved around the top is: Justice, Temperance, Fortitude .
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
eggshell (animal material)
glass (material)
glassblowing
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Blown
Carved
carving (processes)
Eggshell
eggshell (animal material)
Floral
floral patterns
Fortitude
glass (material)
glassblowing
Heart
hearts (motifs)
Justice
PICTURE, EGG
pictures (two-dimensional representations)
Temperance
Dimensions
6 x 4 (HxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.958
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2733

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