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Flask

Object Number: 
1937.678
Date: 
1840-1880
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 17.8 x 8.9 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Molded yellowware flask in form of a mermaid with stunted, crooked tail with a flared bottle opening coming out of her head, with incised decoration including fish scales; exterior with dark brown mottled glaze (Rockingham).
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