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Masonic Master Mason Apron
Maker not marked
watercolor on silk, linen
overall:15-1/2"h x 13-1/4"w x 1/8"d
Museum Purchase

Masonic Master Mason apron with rectangular body with rounded corners and rounded flap. Painted on the flap is an all-seeing eye with clouds and a floral garland. Painted on the body are two columns marked "B" and "J" with a classical female figure on top of each. Three steps at the bottom of the columns to a mosaic pavement with three candlestands and an open Bible with square and compasses. Above the Bible are two hands with fingers pointing up. Between the columns are a star and a moon. A series of Masonic tools and symbols is painted along the sides and bottom: seven stars, ark, ladder, sword with heart, hand holding a plumb, hand holding scales, plumb, trowel, level, hourglass, willow, coffin, mallet, shovel, pickaxe, straightedge, 47th Problem of Euclid, anchor, beehive, pot of incense and sun. Along the outside edge is a floral vine. Backed with off-white linen.