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Catalog Number 1973.17.01
Object Name Altar
Dimensions H-62.008 W-47.323 D-15.394 inches
Notes Large wooden altar. The front is made of wood, carved and painted. The carving shows leaves, flowers, birds, bats, butterflies and Chinese characters. The top front has three sections or framed sections. A different motif in each section. The outer right section has birds, the outer left section has flowers and butterflies. The center section which is the largest has at the top two bats, below them a carved banner with Chinese characters. The lower section frames the inner lower section. The front outer section has flowers leaves, butterflies carved held up by two narrow beams, one on the far right and left. The inner section at the top which is shadowed by the leaves and butterflies on the outer section and the flowers on both right and left sides. Both the right and left sides or corner sections have been painted with a floral scene, the center section also the largest has more Chinese characters surrounded by painted flowers. On both the right and left sections have panels coming down reaching the base, on these panels that have been painted green are carved Chinese characters painted gold. Below this section is a large area covered with canvas that has been painted red. The front piece is secured to the back section with small nails, the back section is held together with larger nails. The back section at the top has a slanted ledge and a solid back made up of four planks of wood. This wood appears to have once been stained red.

An address on the bottom of the altar reads 126 Clore, which leads one to believe that the altar was probably used in Helena. But there is no definitive proof, but this altar does not resemble the altar in the image from Virginia City, Montana.
Search Terms China
Historical
Virginia City, MT