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Engraved woodblock of the "Parsee Towers of Silence (interior)"

Engraved woodblock of the "Parsee Towers of Silence (interior)"

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This engraved woodblock of the “Parsee Towers of Silence (interior).” was prepared by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the image was published as Figure 3 on page 104 in an article by H.C. Yarrow (1871-1876) entitled “Mortuary Customs of North American Indians” in the First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1879-80. Henry Hobart Nichols (1838-1887) engraved the image.
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Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
Bureau of American Ethnology
Government Printing Office
graphic artist
Nichols, H. H.
Yarrow, Harry Crecy
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
overall: 18.2 cm x 11.6 cm x 2.3 cm; 7 3/16 in x 4 9/16 in x 7/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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