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Carved painted owl on base

Carved painted owl on base
Title
Carved painted owl on base
Date 
1780-1820
Medium 
Wood, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 9 1/4 x 3 x 3 1/8 in. ( 23.5 x 7.6 x 7.9 cm )
Description 
Carved wooden owl mounted on square base; covered in thick white slip, with traces of polychrome painted decoration.
Credit Line 
Gift of Dr. Lillian Malcove
Object Number 
1959.109
Gallery Label 
According to the accession record, this carving is similar to objects in the Murphy doll collection. A letter from the donor indicates that this sculpture may have been a spiritual talisman for an obscure Pennsylvania German religious sect.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group