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Woman and Tree with Birds Nesting

after 1900 Unidentified carved and painted wood with metal 17 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (44.3 x 26.9 x 20.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.340 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A

Luce Center Label

In this sculpture the curved, hollow nest in front of the woman’s stomach suggests pregnancy. The eggs in the nest, watched over by two birds, also symbolize new life and family. The carving may have been given as a good-luck charm to a friend or relation who was expecting a child.


Animal - bird

Figure female - full length

Landscape - tree


folk art

metal - brass