A Bower of Mulberry Trees, 1854
Height: 18 in
Width: 24 in
Two mulberry trees entwined to form an arch. A long golden table set with dishes and food and a semi-circle of text rest under the trees.
Hannah Cohoon was a member of the Hancock Shaker Village who made "gift drawings" that recounted spiritual visitations received during the Era of Manifestations. A Bower of Mulberry Trees was made as a result of Cohoon's vision of a feast of cakes by Shaker elders under mulberry trees. The depiction of the long table in the drawing represents holy feasts held in biennial meetings and the presence of the doves overhead represents the bounties that the believer would experience in heaven.