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"MINUTE MAID" Articulated Figure

ca. 1950s Unidentified "Minute Maid" orange juice can, carved and painted wood, and turned iron 10 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (26.7 x 9.0 x 7.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.277 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B

Luce Center Label

This figure is similar to Southern minstrel dancing dolls, or “limberjacks,” which were loosely jointed and attached to a stick. Owners of these dolls placed them on a thin board, which they tapped with their fingers to make the figures dance. An unknown artist made this doll from found objects, perhaps to resemble the singer Bing Crosby. (American Folk Art: The Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. Collection, 1981)


Dress - accessory - hat

Figure male - full length

Object - fruit - orange


folk art

readymade - container