Primitive Americana folk art carving, 6 1/4” x 2 1/2” x 1”, from the mid 1800's. This unique carving is done in bas relief. It depicts the face of a woman,and the artist has scratched a light outline of her lower body. She appears to be holding something, perhaps a child.
This piece was found in rural Pennsylvania. It had been stored in an older barn, along with other items dating from the mid 1800's. Unfortunately, the former owner passed away a few months before her 100th birthday, and there is no one who can give us a reliable history, or any other information.
It is believed that this is a memorial or grave marker piece, and it has been suggested that the woman is African American. The area was known to be a part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. The former owners of the farm were (and are) Quakers or Friends.
The carving was done by an untrained artist, probably with simple tools. We have only done the most superficial cleaning, and the photos make it look a bit darker than the marble appears in person. One corner has been chipped, and you can see the natural white color of the stone. The weight is about 1 pound 5 ½ ounces.
There are faint scratches on the reverse. We hoped this would reveal a name or other information, but I believe it is simply wear.
All sides of the stone are shown in the photos. There are several small spots of shiny residue, possibly paint on the piece. We have not tried to remove them.
Primitive antique Americana marble carving – portrait of a woman
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