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Cross-Stitch Sampler

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
1991
Medium
Aida fabric, cotton thread
Dimensions
10 1/2 × 10 1/8 in. (26.7 × 25.7 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
By the eighteenth century, needlework samplers containing moral and religious verses had become popular. Artist Ira Blount (1918-2020) draws from this earlier tradition in his embroidered piece featuring a fruit tree and text reading “Hear and learn to be silent, be silent and learn to understand, understand and learn to remember.” The end of the sentence is further punctuated by two black birds flanking a gold crown. The image, “wrought” by Blount in 1991, shares an enduring message about the importance of thoughtful listening.
After moving to Washington, DC following World War II, Ira Blount mastered dozens of artisanal crafts. His love for crafting, learning, and community engagement would endure over the course of his long life and career.
Accession Number
2011.0004.0105
Type
cross-stitch
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl84da8680b-396b-4174-857e-85c09688d1ca
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0105
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