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Anchor Plaque
Artist unidentified

Location: United States

Date: 1920–1950

Materials: Paint on wood

Dimensions: 38 × 30 1/2 × 1"

Credit: Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel

Accession Number: 2015.1.26

Photo credit: José Andrés Ramírez

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Description

The anchor is an ancient symbol whose function is easily understood, as an anchor holds a boat to the shore, providing safety and harbor. Its use as a Christian symbol of hope dates to at least 400 AD. Many American fraternal groups use the anchor in their degrees, including the Freemasons and the Odd Fellows; however, not every depiction of an anchor is necessarily fraternal. The origins of this anchor plaque remain obscure.

Stacy C. Hollander, "Anchor Plaque," 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.


Anchor Plaque
Date: 1920–1950
Artist:
Dimensions: 38 × 30 1/2 × 1"
Materials: Paint on wood
Credit Line: Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel
(not assigned): United States
Accession Number: 2015.1.26
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