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Carved painted owl on base

Object Number: 
1959.109
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Lillian Malcove
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group