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Catalog number 59.177
Artist Beyer, M.
Title Figurine of a peasant woman bearing a basket
Object Name Figurine
Description Made in Augsburg, Germany, about the middle of the 17th century, this piece stands 2 feet high and is made from carved wood with silver inlaid details. It represents a peasant woman carrying a basket on her back. Her head is crowned with grapes and in the grapes are the grasshopper, a lizard and a bird eating a grape. She has big eyes and old face with wrinkles on her forehead and cheeks. She is dressed in traditional folk dress. In the middle ages rich farm women would wear gold coins on their costumes. The coins jingle when a woman walks warning everyone around that a prominent person is arriving. This peasant woman is wearing traditional dress with ruffled shirt and belt. Her skirt is gathered around the hips and falls down to her calves. Around her waist hang coins, a money pouch and a knife. Her left hand is reaching behind her in order to steady a bronze basket which is inlaid with silver bands. The basket is the kind that that is used in farming and is fastened to her back by straps. Her right hand is broken but it once held a sickle. Her shoes are crude field working shoes. She is standing on a round piece of wood on which there are shrubs, a mouse, a frog, and a lizard
(1600-1699 AD). The whole piece is attached to a baroque scrolled base made out of bronze. The base was probably added later because it represents a later style.

Citation: Extract taken from research paper by Judith Ribicoff (1993)
Medium/Material Wood with silver inlay
Dimensions H-17.75 W-6.66 inches
Year Range from 1600.0
Year Range to 1700.0
Search Terms Renaissance
Mannerism
Baroque
Europe
Germany
16th century AD
17th century AD
Peasant scene
Genre scene
Figural
Insects
Animal
Exhibition and Publication History *"Queens College Art Collection," 1960, #271.
*"Goddess, Worker, Mother, Symbol: Images of Women in World Art," G-TM, 1994, #3, illus. p. 5.
Culture German