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Articulated Sailor with Gun

ca. 1900 Unidentified painted and carved wood with mixed media figure: 17 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (43.8 x 12.1 x 8.9 cm.) gun: 1 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (2.6 x 3.5 x 0.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.296A-B Not currently on view

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Artists often made toys with movable arms and legs. The creators of these two figures also added realistic details such as the fabric pants and leather holster of Sailor, and the real hair on Man.


Figure male - full length

Object - weapon - gun

Occupation - transportation - sailor

Recreation - leisure - smoking


folk art

animal parts - leather

fabric - thread

fabric - wool