Saturday, February 23, 2013

Fairytale Hearse

This gorgeous display in the lobby of the New York State Museum is a part of this weekend's New York In Bloom flower show at the State Museum.  It incorporates several familiar fairytale themes; Rapunzel's spinning wheel transforming straw into gold, Cinderella's ballgown and glass slippers, and Snow White's apple.  Standing in as Snow White's glass casket and serving as the centerpiece of the display is a 19th-century hearse from the Museum's collections.  Given my interest in cemetery history, it's no surprise I made a special trip over to the Museum just to see this hearse; it's a stunning one with draped and flaming urns and polychrome angel angels bearing floral swags. 

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