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"Cain and Abel" Stoveplate

1741
27 x 26 in. (68.6 x 66 cm)

Unknown, American
American

Object Type: Metalwork
Medium and Support: Cast iron
Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1953.39
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18th-century Pennsylvania Dutch communities used five-sided stoves created with cast-iron decorated plates like this one. Often, they were decorated with Biblical scenes and sayings. This stoveplate is embellished with a scene showing the attack on Abel by his brother, Cain, and the inscription reads: CAIN. SEINEN. BRUTER. AWEL. TOT. SCHLUG (Cain killed his brother Abel). The plate is thought to have been cast at Durham Furnace in Northern Bucks County, PA.

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