[name]Happy[/name] Birthday (Nov. 29th) to Jacjac!
Because I’m late posting your birthday greeting, Jacjac, you get a special and very valuable, museum-quality, virtual birthday gift. I present you with this elaborately carved carousel lion, which was exhibited two years ago at the American Folk [name]Art[/name] Museum (45 [name]West[/name] 53rd [name]Street[/name], Manhattan):
Jewish woodcarvers, having learned their artisan skills in the shtetls of Central and Eastern Europe, immigrated to the U.S. and found a niche for themselves in this craft which is now defined as an American folk art. The skills, which these Jewish artisans brought with them, had been acquired in carving the elaborate lions and eagles for the Torah arks of their European synagogues. The artisans made a transition from the holy to the secular when they turned these skills here in the U.S. to carving the fanciful wooden animals that graced many a carousel at Coney Island and elsewhere.
[name]May[/name] your valuable, folk art carousel lion make a nice conversation piece in your home, and I hope you had a wonderful birthday!
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