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|Creator||Birds of Malden Antiques|
|Title||Noah's Ark toy|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
On Sundays during the 19th century, a Noah's Ark was often the only toy with which children in strict Protestant households were allowed to play. The earliest arks were made by German craftsmen who specialized in figures of people and animals. Originally carved by hand, by the 1800s the figures were made on a lathe and then finished and painted. In Canada, fathers who were skilled at woodworking sometimes made Noah's Arks for their children which
included such distinctively Canadian animals as polar bears and Canada geese.
This Noah's Ark is of unknown provenance, but was probably made around 1900. The human figures, which represent Noah, his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law, are carved in the traditional German manner. Fifty pairs of animals are represented.
a) wood ark with lifting lid b-dddd) human and animal figures