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Architectural fragment from the exterior of the Audubon Ballroom

Architectural fragment from the exterior of the Audubon Ballroom
Title
Architectural fragment from the exterior of the Audubon Ballroom
Date 
ca. 1912
Medium 
Glazed terracotta
Dimensions 
Overall: 32 x 19 1/2 x 14 in. (81.3 x 49.5 x 35.6 cm)
Description 
Molded terracotta architectural fragment depicting a burning torch surrounded by a caduceus. Molded background painted with white glaze; torch and flame glazed ochre with blue and white details; caduceus glazed white and framed by white and blue spiral columns. The caduceus traditionally represents the Roman God Mercury, also identified as a protector of traders, merchants, and others workers involved in commerce.
Credit Line 
Gift of Landmarks Preservation Commission
Object Number 
2011.16.2
Gallery Label 
The Audubon Ballroom was a theater and ballroom located on Broadway at 165th Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan. The Audubon Ballroom is best known as the site of Malcolm X's assasination.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group