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Ten Pripih (Funerary objects) Depicting Various Animals

Ten Pripih (Funerary objects) Depicting Various Animals

Song (960–1279) or Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty (?)

Altar hanging

Altar hanging

Metal and fabric thread brocade, metallic fringe with metal sequin and appliqued [orphey] on red velvet lined with silk or linen. Orphey is a cloudburst with swan feeding 3 cygnets. Courtesy of First Parish in Brookline

Studies for Decorative Arts Objects

Studies for Decorative Arts Objects

Anonymous, German, 17th century

Two Sketches: One of a Turtle, the Other of Two Unidentified Objects

Two Sketches: One of a Turtle, the Other of Two Unidentified Objects

Attributed to Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo)) Edo period (1615–1868)

Eight settings of a hornbook text : used as 17th-century binder's waste

Eight settings of a hornbook text : used as 17th-century binder's wast...

Eight settings of a hornbook text. On four fragments of binder's waste cut from at least two sheets of paper. Used as endleaves in a copy of ESTC S113383: Alexander Nowell, Catechismus. Greek & Latin. (London: ... more

Plate 1: A procession  figures walking to the right carrying various objects

Plate 1: A procession figures walking to the right carrying various o...

Pietro Santi Bartoli (Italian, Perugia 1615–1700 Rome)

Top of tomahawk

Top of tomahawk

This top of a tomahawk was found buried in the yard at 108 West Main Street, which had been the Blue Anchor Tavern, reminding the current residents that there had been several raids in the area in the 1700s. Cy... more

Hornbook containing alphabet, syllabary, and the Lord's prayer

Hornbook containing alphabet, syllabary, and the Lord's prayer

Horn book Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Brass hornbook

Brass hornbook

Horn book | A.B.C. Courtesy of Boston Public Library

Objects Representing the Ceremony of Exorcising Demons, One of the New Year Performances

Objects Representing the Ceremony of Exorcising Demons, One of the New...

Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820) (?) Edo period (1615–1868)

Comitia Americana : Washington before Boston, 1776

Comitia Americana : Washington before Boston, 1776

A gold medal awarded by the Second Continental Congress to George Washington in commemoration of his victory at Boston and the subsequent evacuation of British forces from the city. The Congress initially autho... more