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Simple Gifts: Shaker at The Met

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing – also known as the Shakers – is a utopian religious sect that rose to prominence in the 19th century. The simplicity and utility for which Shaker apparel, furniture, and architecture are known stem from the sect’s religious beliefs and customs, which stress social, gender, economic, and spiritual equality for all members. Read more.

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