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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This chest was made by Ivar Kvalen, from the Gudbrandsdalen region of Norway, to commemorate the marriage of his daughter Sirid to Ola Iverson Lo in 1777. It is decorated with fluid rococo scroll cartouches framing Sirid's initials, "SIDQ," for Sirid Ivar's Datter Quallen (Kvalen) and the date, 1777. As a dowry chest, it would have been filled with clothing, linens, and valuables. In 1858, Sirid's descendant, Eli, and her husband, Ola Torgerson brought the chest with them when they emigrated from Norway to Wisconsin.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009