Embroidery; silk on linen
Overall: 101.6 x 30.5 cm (40 x 12 in.)
The Mary Pack McNairy Collection, Gift of Gladys McNairy White and Elisabeth McNairy Monroe in memory of their mother 1942.500
This unusually long sampler depicts scenes from the biblical Old Testament, including Eve tempting Adam with an apple.
Samplers were created as a mark of achievement in needlework by young ladies as they progressed in their education. Because they display levels of skill and technique, samplers often include figurative or scenic decoration along with the alphabet and various horizontal and vertical patterns that could serve as guides for future stitching. Most samplers reveal the pride of a young lady as she showed off her considerable accomplishment in sewing and were treasured from generation to generation.
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