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ca. 1700
Origin: England or Scotland
35 1/2" width; 31 1/2 to 37 1/2" length.
Linen needlework on semi-sheer cotton.
Gift of Mrs. Cora Ginsburg
Acc. No. 1991-525
White apron of semi-sheer tabby weave cotton, embroidered in white linen. Designs consist of central pomegranate shape just under waistband; beneath that, Adam and Eve on either side of tree encircled by serpent or snake. Flanking them are a donkey and horned animal, with heart and diamond; below, unicorn and lion. Delicate flowers and leaves scattered over the rest of the surface. Apron is gathered to narrow tape waistband extending into ties. No central seam. Waistband dips slightly at center front; bottom end of apron is straight across. Stitches include darning, chain, drawnwork fillings, etc.
Label:"Adam and Eve" Apron
England or Scotland, ca. 1700
Linen embroidery on sheer cotton
G1991-525, gift of Mrs. Cora Ginsburg

The skeletal figures of Adam and Eve and a serpent representing Satan adorn the center of this white embroidered apron.