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Unidentified mourning scene miniature

American
18th century


Dimensions

Overall: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2012.1083

Medium or Technique

Ivory, glass, gold, hair

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Miniatures

Eliptical shape brooch, with mourning scene painted on ivory showing a classically dressed woman greiving aside an obelisk with the inscription, ‘Elisha / Clark / Ob: Sep / 13.1783 / AE 41’; reverse shows plaited hair beneath glass.

Inscription

Inscribed on the painted obelisk gravestone: "Elisha / Clark / Ob: Sep / 13.1783 / AE 41"
Inscribed along the top rim of the ivory plaque in caps: "Heaven has in store what thou hast lost"

Provenance

By descent within the family to Hope S. Jansen; May 23, 1988, Hope S. Jansen to Caroline Knox, Westport, MA; 2012, year-end gift of Caroline Knox to the MFA, Boston. (Accession date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Caroline Knox