Details

Title

Bible Scenes Quilt

Artist/Maker

Member of Drake family, Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia, maker

Date

ca. 1900

Medium

Cotton

Dimensions

76 1/2 x 71 inches

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment

Accession #

1995.82

On View

Currently not on view

This excellent example of an African American Reconstruction-era quilt depicts two biblical scenes in opposite sections: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the Crucifixion. Bible quilts like this are usually symbolic in nature and are creative interpretations of oral imagery passed down through generations. The appliquéd letters J and C stand for Jesus Christ; A, E, and G represent Adam, Eve, and the Garden of Eden. As is often the case with quilts of this nature, other letters remain subject to interpretation.