Detail of a sampler showing Adam and Eve
Linen embroidered with silk in cross, tent and satin stitch
Museum no. T.184-1921
Embroidering a sampler was part of a young girl's education in many European countries, providing her with instruction and practice in needlework skills. This sampler was made in Denmark in 1798. The decoration includes ornamental alphabets and pairs of initials, probably of the maker's family.
Samplers often included Biblical references, for their perceived moral value. The young girl who embroidered this has chosen to show the Temptation of Adam and Eve, taking fruit from the Serpent in the Tree of Knowledge.