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Busk

Busk
Title
Busk
Date 
1750-1850
Medium 
Wood
Dimensions 
Overall: 12 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 1/8 in. ( 32.1 x 6.4 x 0.3 cm )
Description 
Vertical rectangular wooden busk, with straight edge and sides, slightly flared on the other curved end, carved designs of sea shells and two interlocking hearts, carved zig-zag border on all edges.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelmanm, 1937
Object Number 
Z.1325
Marks 
handwritten: reverse, on label: "1138 / Amer."
Gallery Label 
Busks were worn in front of a corset as a stay or for stiffening. They were usually made of whalebone, steel or wood. This one was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group