Shakers Bowing

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shakers bowing carved sculpture



Marshall Rumbaugh

2021

carved and painted lindenwood

Ht. 19 1/2", W. 25 3/4", D. 14"

signed and dated "Marshall Rumbaugh 2021"

$15,000

The practice of Shaker women bowing was not an indication of their subservience to men. In fact, Shaker society was very egalitarian, it being a religious society founded by a woman and run by both elders and eldresses. Shakers bowed during their dances as a symbolic act of humility, a personal trait they valued above all, as illustrated by the
words of the Shaker song:

I will bow and be simple
I will bow and be free
I will bow and be humble
Yea thou like the willow tree

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