early 20th century
carved and painted wood approx. 10 x 6 x 5 in. (25.4 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A
Luce Center Label
Early-twentieth-century wood-carvers often made toy figures with movable parts to amuse their children. The Fiddler’s arms and legs can be moved to suggest that he is playing the violin and dancing; in Seated Man with Pipe the figure’s left arm can move up and down to simulate the gesture of smoking. In both sculptures the artists paid more attention to animating the figures than they did to detail or color.
Figure male - full length
Performing arts - music - fiddle