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Masonic Apron
Maker not marked
paint on silk, silk, linen
overall: 18-1/4"h x 15-1/2"w
Museum Purchase

Masonic apron with rounded flap and long, rectangular body. White silk with light blue pleated ribbon trim on flap and body. Flap is painted blue with an all-seeing eye at center. Body is painted with an arrangement of Masonic symbols. Central scene of blue and white mosaic pavement, with two columns supporting a pedimented archway, hung with red drapery. Between the columns is an altar with an open book on top and a square and compasses symbol. At top center of archway are seven stars. To each side of the altar archway is a column. Allegorical figure of Faith stands on the left column with a Christian cross, allegorical figure of Charity stands on the other with two children. A blue sky is painted between the figures and an allegorical figure of Hope sits at the center with an anchor. Inside the columns are several symbols - level, trowel, five-point star, sun, moon, flaming sword pointing to a heart, gavel and folding straightedge. Outside on the left is a beehive and a ladder. Outside on the right is Euclid's 47th Problem and a straightedge divided into three sections of "8." Lined with linen. Symbols and figures are primarily painted in gold and a pinkish-red.