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Star of Bethlehem Quilt

Date:
ca. 1835
Geography:
Possibly made in Maryland, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Cotton
Dimensions:
122 x 122 in. (309.9 x 309.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.204
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751
Although its provenance is unknown, this exquisite Star of Bethlehem quilt was likely made in the southeastern United States. Quilts with a central Star of Bethlehem motif combined with chintz-appliquéd blocks and a chintz border, as seen here, have been found in Maryland, Virginia, and North and South Carolina. The presence of paired Baltimore orioles printed on the English chintz in the four corner blocks makes Maryland a likely candidate for the place of origin.
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