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Fireback

Object Number: 
1937.1203
Date: 
ca. 1566
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 31 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 99.1 x 80 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: "1566"
Description: 
Arch-shaped cast iron fireback mounted on wooden base and backboard; four low-relief panels with figures; top two panels have nude female figures, one with scale and one with falcon and dogs; one bottom panel broken off and missing, other has clothed female figure with dog killing another dog at her feet; inscribed banners around figures.
Gallery Label: 
This object 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.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group