Ostrich Egg

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1800-1850

GUSN

GUSN-2734

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

Descriptive Terms

pictures (two-dimensional representations)
glassblowing
eggshell (animal material)
carving (processes)
scrimshaws
glass (material)
geometric patterns
stars
floral patterns
flowers (plants)
ships
Eggshell
Scrimshaw
Blown
Eagle
Ship
Morning Glory
Geometric Star
PICTURE, EGG

Inscription

Incised in the center in the banner is: E Plu/ribus. Unum. Remember Me.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Africa

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

7.5 (H), 7.5 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.959