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Single skin leaf. Design: "Allegory of Death." Center burning mausoleum with skeleton and mourners, crossed swords, flags, bones, drum, etc. (symbols of war) on ground at front; king and boy with manacle and queen rear left; soldiers, mourners, cripples throughout; decorative gilt border. Wavy...

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Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

1720s

Object Place

Netherlands (?)

Dimensions

Guard: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.); maximum open: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.) arc: 140°

Accession Number

1976.208

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf painted in gouache; ivory sticks; painted and etched ivory guards

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes