Artist: Mariah Boil (born 1832)
Geography: Made in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, United States
Culture: American, Shaker
Medium: Silk and cotton embroidery on linen/cotton
Dimensions: 13 x 11 3/4 in. (33 x 29.8 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Edward J. Scheider and David S. and Elizabeth W. Quackenbush Gifts, 2008
Accession Number: 2008.453
Few samplers were made in Shaker communities. This example is a sweet and simple piece of work, finely made and laid out in a clear composition. It illustrates the well-known Shaker mission to produce architecture and decorative arts that were functional but beautiful and that depended on the bare essentials of form for their decorative appeal.