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20th century Unidentified (American) carved and painted wood with metal and resin 13 3/4 x 20 1/8 x 6 in. (34.9 x 51.2 x 15.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.292 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B

Luce Center Label

Dalmatians were bred to run alongside carriages and calm the horses when they were spooked. When horse-drawn fire engines first appeared in America, Dalmatians rode as mascots, and they are still associated with firefighters today. The unknown artist may have made this sculpture as a “pet” for his children, who would have enjoyed riding on the animal’s back.


Animal - dog - dalmation


folk art

metal - iron


plastic - resin