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Noah's ark

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Wood, paint
Overall: 14 1/2 x 23 x 6 3/4 in. ( 36.8 x 58.4 x 17.1 cm )
Wooden Noah's ark; brown painted hull surmounted by building with peaked roof and sliding side; band with inverted hearts and stylized sheaves; includes polychrome carved wooden animals and Noah's family.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Katharine Prentis Murphy
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group