Spot sampler - ROM2014_14421_29

ROM2014_14421_29

Spot sampler

Medium:Cotton tabby with silk cross-stitch embroidery
Geography: Mexico
Date: mid 19th century
Dimensions:
76.5 x 75 cm
Object number: 2002.19.32
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Kent Newcomb. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
Description

The unknown maker of this sampler was carrying out a routine task as part of her training, yet her creativity and humour have personalized what could in other hands have been a dull and standardized exercise. She embroidered figures and floral designs – birds, deer, rabbits, turtles, and monkeys within a floral border – and the words ESTDEHADOLOHIZO (THIS SAMPLER WAS MADE BY). Samplers like this, characterized by the random placing of individual motifs, are called spot samplers.


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