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Ostrich Egg

1991.959 (RS21531)

Description

A decorated ostrich egg done in line drawings in black and red in scrimshaw style. It is a multi-patterned design that shows a eagle with a banner, two sailing ships, and a coat of arms type large design with flags, a ships sails etc. The top of the egg has a morning glory design and on the bottom is a geometric star, also leaves and small stars are interspersed. There is a remnant of an old blue and red tassel attached to the top.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Inscriptions
Incised in the center in the banner is: E Plu/ribus. Unum. Remember Me.
Location of origin
Africa
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
eggshell (animal material)
glass (material)
glassblowing
scrimshaws
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Blown
carving (processes)
Eagle
Eggshell
eggshell (animal material)
floral patterns
flowers (plants)
geometric patterns
Geometric Star
glass (material)
glassblowing
Morning Glory
PICTURE, EGG
pictures (two-dimensional representations)
Scrimshaw
scrimshaws
Ship
ships
stars
Dimensions
7.5 (H), 7.5 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.959
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2734

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