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AN ENGRAVED COW-HORN
AN ENGRAVED COW-HORN

PROBABLY AMERICAN, MID-19TH CENTURY

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AN ENGRAVED COW-HORN
PROBABLY AMERICAN, MID-19TH CENTURY
Depicting various figures including a slave dancing the 'Juba', the singer Jenny Lind, a ballerina entitled 'M. Grist', a drummer entitled 'M. Poole', the harp player Anna Bolena from the opera of the same title, together with further figures and soldiers in mid-19th Century dress
19½ in. (49 cm.) long

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Lot Essay

The Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind undertook an extraordinarily popular concert tour of America from 1850-1852. The Juba was an African -American plantation dance and when, in the mid-19th century, music and lyrics were added, there were public performances of the dance. The most famous Juba dancer was William Henry Lane, or Master Juba, one of the first black performers in the United States.

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