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USA: Massachusetts (probably)
watercolor on silk
overall: 14"h x 14"w
Gift of Arthur A. Maranian, Sr.
Masonic York Rite Royal Arch apron with rounded body and triangular flap; hand-painted off-white silk with peach silk pleated ribbon trim and silk backing; flap painted with a single horizontal key; center decorated with a cut away scene of two men lowering a third on a rope, down into the lowest of three subterranean vaulted chambers; flanking the main design is a representation of a pick and crowbar crossed with a flaming torch; and a square and compasses, resting upon a rectangular block fitted with a lifting ring. Chiffon ties.