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Christmas riddles.
Great Britain, 1828.
Physical Description:
1 item : paper, pen and black ink ; 12 x 12 cm, folded to 6 x 9 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PN6371 .C57 1828
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Fan-shaped cut-paper design that opens out (like the bloom of a flower) to reveal riddles inscribed on each petal-like panel therein. The item is composed of four sheets of paper (each 12 x 12 cm), of varying pale tints of cream, blue, or green--affixed end to end. A pink ribbon is threaded through panels at each end, presumably so that the fan could be tied shut (ribbon ends have since been lost). One exterior panel is inscribed: "Christmas, 1828." The opposite panel is inscribed: "E.S.H. with C.H.E's best love."
The item bears 24 riddles, including 16 on interior panels and 8 on exterior panels. The riddles are not Christmas themed. Examples include: "Which of the cardinal virtues will water be when just frozen?" -- "Why is Addison like a butcher?" -- "Where did the cock crow when all the world heard it?" -- "Why is a blacksmith's apron like the gates of a convent?" Answers to the riddles are not provided.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Wit and humor -- English.
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Cut-paper works.

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