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Hanging of Absalom overmantel

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Embroidered overmantel with scenes from the hanging of Absalom taken from illustrations in the Kitto Bible; black silk satin embroidered with polychrome silk and metallic thread; appliqued, hand-painted faces; probably worked under the tutelage of Elizabeth Murray


Museum purchase from Mr. A. Stainforth, Boston Antique Shop, and Mrs. David Grossman, The Studio

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

American, Colonial, about 1753

  • Embroidered by Sarah Henshaw, American (Boston, Massachusetts), 1736–1822
Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Inside frame: 57.3 x 37.6 cm

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Medium or Technique

Black silk satin embroidered with silk and metallic thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts