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English Monumental Brass Rubbings

Long Beach Museum of Art

Both from the collection of and made by Mrs. Max Schaeffer are these black crayon-like rubbings from the 13th-to-17th-century brass effigies mounted on the flat stone tomb slabs of England. Very decorated figures ranging in size from greater-than-life (the oldest) to about one-half life size (the most recent), the rubbings are of historical more than esthetic interest, since the tracing technique is completely lacking in creativity. The figures themselves are most interesting for their costuming and iconographical selection.

Charleen Steen

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