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Noah's ark

Noah's ark
Noah's ark
Title
Noah's ark
Date 
1850-1900
Medium 
Wood, paint
Dimensions 
Overall (ark): 18 x 9 x 31 in. (45.7 x 22.9 x 78.7 cm) Ark animals variable
Description 
Wooden Noah's ark; brown painted hull surmounted by building with peaked roof and sliding side; building painted with blue walls, red roof, and features such as windows and doors; fruit and flower border below roof; hollow ark holds carved polychrome animals and Noah's family (6 figures).
Credit Line 
Gift of Katharine Prentis Murphy
Object Number 
1956.101
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.
Bibliography 
Weinstein, Amy A. "Children's toys." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 188-193.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group