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Sphere (witch ball)

Object Number: 
Z.699
Date: 
1830-1840
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 2 1/2 in. ( 12.7 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Cobalt blue blown glass sphere with long cylindrical neck; possibly associated with the apothecary jars 1937.950ab.
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, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group