The scene depicted in this pipe clay carving is of Moses being rescued by the Pharaoh's daughter. The Egyptian Pharaoh ordered that all newborn Hebrew boys be killed in order to reduce the population of Israelites. He was rescued from being drowned in the Nile river by the Pharaoh's daughter Queen Bithia. She gave him the name Moses which in Hebrew means "drawn out".
There is amazing detail on this carving: the women's clothing, the trees, and the basket that Moses is lying in. Inscribed into the back is a woman's name in French with the date 1816. The darker colored pipe clay on the left hand side must be a repair. The pipe clay scene is set into a 5/8" wide brass frame with a ring at the top for hanging. The frame is dented in places especially on the right hand side. Looking at it from the front, while hanging on the wall, the dents can hardly be seen, only from the back. The piece measures 5" in diameter.
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