Portrait of a Surinamese Girl, anonymous, c. 1810

Portrait of a Surinamese Girl, anonymous, c. 1810

ivory, h 8.9cm × w 6.2cm × w 65.2gr. More details

Affluent citizens gave each other portrait miniatures as a sign of affection or as keepsakes. They were worn as a brooch, the central part of a bracelet, a ring, or as in this case a pendant on a chain. Attached to the back is a lock of the sitter’s hair. Nothing is known about this Surinamese girl, but given the locket’s costly materials, she must have been of well-to-do, possibly European, origins.

On display in room 1.17-11 1700-1830 Surinam

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