Paul Revere’s silver Sons of Liberty bowl, fashioned in the summer of 1768 to commemorate a courageous decision by the Massachusetts Legislature, is a major document of colonial America’s resistance to the English Parliament and crown. Hear how the bowl—with its references to Magna Carta, John Wilkes, and, above all, to Liberty—acquired by the MFA in 1949, touched a resonant chord in the American psyche at the height of the Cold War and continues to be an iconic symbol of American attitudes and values.

Gerald W. R. Ward, The Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Hampshire State Representative

 

Above: Paul Revere, Jr., Sons of Liberty Bowl, 1768. 49.45. Silver. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution and Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912.


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