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Bauble                                        French, probably19th century
Maker unknown

This grisly-faced wand is intended to evoke the jester's scepter of late medieval times. The long handle is made of highly polished, fine-grained hardwood and is surmounted by a monkey's head carved from green animal horn.  Suspended form the animal's neck are long bands of silk brocade, from several of which dangle chased silver pellet bells.

A paper label with an ink insciption (now illegible) is pasted to the lower part of the handle. Bell and handle of glass. Overall height 38.5 cm,

Provenance: The Belle Skinner Collection
Accession No. 1231.1960

                

 

 

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