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Masonic Apron
1800-1820
Unidentified
USA
paint on silk, silk, linen
overall: 18-1/4"h x 15-1/2"w
Museum Purchase
2014.115.3

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.