Noah's Ark

This charming painted wooden ark was created in the Erzgebirge region of Germany, an area famous for its carved wooden toys.

Unknown Artist

Noah’s arks were a common toy of the late 19th century and were especially used by Christian children for Sabbath play on Sundays. It is clear that this did not originate as a Jewish object but since it relates to the biblical story of Noah and the flood it was acquired and donated to the museum with that understanding.

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Name: Noah's Ark
Artist: Unknown Artist
Location:
Origin: Germany, 19th Century
Medium: Paint, Wood
Dimensions: 12 13/16 in.x 23 5/8 in.x 6 1/2 in.
Credit: Gift of unknown donor
Catalog Number: 2006.689.1-.4