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Star Finial
Artist unidentified

Location: United States

Date: 1875–1925

Materials: Paint and gilding on metal

Dimensions: 45 × 22 × 9"

Credit: Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel

Accession Number: 2015.1.74

Photo credit: José Andrés Ramírez

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Description

Stars and moons are common symbols that have many different meanings within American fraternal groups and the culture at large. This finial combines a crescent moon and two stars, but does not display additional symbols that are specific to a particular fraternal group. Thus, its purpose remains open to speculation.

Stacy C. Hollander, "Star Finial," exhibition label for Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2016.


Star Finial
Date: 1875–1925
Artist:
Dimensions: 45 × 22 × 9"
Materials: Paint and gilding on metal
Credit Line: Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel
(not assigned): United States
Accession Number: 2015.1.74
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