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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Art ➔ Picture, Hair

Identifier:
121243
Description:
Hair wreaths originated in Europe and reached their peak during the Victorian Age as a drawing room pastime for many women. Often displayed proudly as parlor pieces, they allowed for: mourning, sentimentality, and preserving memories. Wreaths are formed in a horseshoe shape that open upward as the representation of good luck and ascension to heaven. Generally they hold hair from multiple individuals which allows for different colors and textures. When they contained the hair of the deceased, the hair of the most recently passed was placed in the middle to honor them until, another relative departed when, it would get moved to the edge. Wreaths could continually grow and would serve as a way to tell a family history, much like a family tree.
Dimensions:
17"" h 14 1/8"" w 4"" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Estate Of Henry Idema
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
A Time to Mourn ()
Maker/Donor
Estate of Henry Idema
Henry Idema of Grand Rapids, Michigan was born in 1856 to Henry Idema and Frances Vanderploeg. He was a banker and was Chairman of the Board of Old Kent Bank since 1908. He was also the Vice President of the Michigan Trust Company. On February 3rd, 1880 he married Annie Doornink and together they had three children: Chester F. Idema, Walter D. Idema, and Edward H. Idema. He passed away on January 5th,1951 and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.