Traditions and Tastes: Seven Dutch Bible Tile Fragments Recovered from the South Ferry Terminal Site

MCNY Blog: New York Stories

By guest blogger Leslie Gerhauser

We are pleased to welcome Leslie Gerhauser as guest blogger to discuss fascinating Dutch Bible tiles that were uncovered by archaeologists in lower Manhattan. The Museum of the City of New York is preparing these and thousands of other artifacts for public access and long term care at theLandmarks Preservation Commission Archaeological Repository. Leslie is a Project Registrar at the New-York Historical Society.  Her expertise includes 17th- to 19th-century English and Dutch fine and decorative arts, 20th-century American collectibles, and urban archaeology.

15768-427-1-1 Tile showing the Crucifixion. The curled, wire-like foliage dates the tile to the period 1675-1725. Image courtesy of Museum of the City of New York. Currently on view in the City Museum’s Activist New York gallery.

From the 18th to early 19th century, the shoreline at New York City’s Battery Wall and Whitehall Slip was in an almost constant state of construction…

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