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"The Last Supper"

1995
Origin: America, Kentucky, Isonville
Overall: 9 3/8 x 18 1/2 x 9 1/2in. (23.8 x 47 x 24.1cm) (Note: these dimensions reflect the fact that the figures project slightly over the edges of the base in some places)
Pine and basswood (see "Notes")
Gift of Ellin and Baron Gordon
Acc. No. 2001.701.2
An unvarnished and unpainted woodcarving consisting of freestanding elements affixed to a slab base. A group of thirteen bearded, robed, standing men is gathered around three sides of a long table (one at each end of the table and rows two deep behind the table). On the table are plates (some with rectangular slabs on them) and tall cylindrical cups (or flagons or glasses). On the floor (base) in front of the table are a pitcher and another cup. The man in the center of the back row closest to the table ("Jesus") and both men at the ends of the table have both arms bent and raised to waist level. Each man in the two back rows has one arm similarly raised and the other raised higher and straighter.
Label:The carving is a rendering of the Last Supper as described in the 26th chapter of the New Testament Book of Matthew.

Provenance:The donors acquired this carving directly from the maker in 1995 [per 2001 conversation with B. Luck].
Inscription(s):Inscribed in black felt-tipped marking pen at lower right front (on top of the base) is, "Jr. Lewis/ 95".