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Noah's ark

Object Number: 
INV.5269
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/4 x 10 x 3 in. ( 10.8 x 25.4 x 7.6 cm )
Description: 
Wooden ark composed of building with peaked roof mounted on rectangular platform with pointed ends; building is painted in blue, with bands of red, yellow, and green; roof is painted red and opens with fabric hinges so that 64 carved, polychrome wooden animals may be housed inside; turned wooden figure with applied arms and staff (Noah) is also included.
Gallery Label: 
In nineteenth century America, Noah's arks were popular "Sunday toys," that is, playthings with moral or religious themes that were deemed appropriate for the Sabbath. Most of the arks found in American homes were made in small villages in the Erzgebirge region of Germany. Highly organized cottage industries took advantage of the raw materials provided by the region's deep forests to produce huge quantities of Noah's arks and other wooden and papier mâché toys.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group