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Scherenschnitte

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 1992.51

Scherenschnitte, c. 1862

14" x 17"

Scherenschnitte is German for “scissor cutting” or “scissor clipping.” It is a style of paper artwork. This piece was created to mourn a young Union soldier who was killed in battle. During and after the war, Americans followed many rules when mourning. Women in mourning wore only black and stayed in their homes for months or even years. But soon these expensive and difficult practices began to fade away.

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