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Folk Art Pyramid - Burnt Match Stick Platform - Matchstick Art - Prison Art - Americana
An extraordinarily detailed pyramid fashioned of burnt wooden matches, very architectural, impressive in size. Two small drawers at the bottom are fronted with matchstick steps which lead a path to the top as if tiny pilgrims were meant to ascend.
Pieces like this, made of burnt matches, are sometimes referred to as "Prison Art" as they were often made by inmates who had few materials to work with, and so improvised, using what they had. Incredible really, and certainly evidence that creativity will out, no matter the difficulties and privations in its path. I am not certain whether this is a prison piece or not, but the Christian crosses near the top suggest that it was, as many prisoners turned to religion which offered both solace and witness of rehabilitation. In addition, New Hampshire has many prisons, and Whitefield (the address stamped on the bottom) is surrounded by them, many of them,,, including a women's prison. Just a fantastic piece of Americana.
Condition is excellent with only a few of minor losses, the most notable at the right rear corner with a few tips second row down on the front... really nothing to write home about... or distract from the remarkable geometry of this fascinating construction. The base measures 9 1/2" x 15 9/16", and it stands 6 3/8" tall. There is some writing on the bottom with the date "May 6, 1916," and a rubber stamping of an address in Whitefield, New Hampshire from the time before five digit zip codes.
This would be an impressive addition to a collection of Folk Art, and would also be a fine personal devotional piece.
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