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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: ART OF THE AMERICAN FRATERNAL SOCIETY, 1850-1930. Lynne Adele and Bruce Lee Webb. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2015. 288 pp. with 237 ills. (169 col.). 27 x 27 cm. LC 2015-4311 ISBN 9780292759503 In English.
Publisher's description: Featuring more than two hundred outstanding objects gathered from private and public collections, " As Above, So Below" provides the first comprehensive survey of the rich vein of art created during the golden age of the American fraternal society. By the turn of the twentieth century, an estimated 70,000 local lodges affiliated with hundreds of distinct American fraternal societies claimed a combined five and a half million members. It has been estimated that at least 20 percent of the American adult male population belonged to one or more fraternal orders, including the two largest groups, the Freemasons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The esoteric knowledge, visual symbols, and moral teachings revealed to lodge brothers during secret rituals inspired an abundant and expressive body of objects that form an important facet of American folk art. Lynne Adele and Bruce Lee Webb introduce the reader to fraternal societies and explore the function and meaning of fraternal objects, including paintings and banners, costumes and ceremonial regalia, ritual objects, and an array of idiosyncratic objects that represent a grassroots response to fraternalism. Setting the art in historical context, the authors examine how fraternal societies contributed to American visual culture during this era of burgeoning fraternal activity.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Several Media — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 167447
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