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Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland: Preparatory Drawing for a Presentation to the Dutch West India Company
Black ink and wash, watercolor, red and black chalk, and red gouache, with contours incised by a stylus on laid on paper, mounted on card
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Stamped metal circle, probably a souvenir token, depicts mythic man (helmeted) and woman, with inscription: "MIZPAH".
Mizpah is an emotional bond between people who are separated (either physically or by death). Mizpah jewelrey is worn to signify this bond, and the word "mizpah" can often be found on headstones in cemeteries and on other memorials. From Genesis 31:49 "And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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