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Girl with Tambourine

1935 Ed Davis carved and painted wood, metal chain, and glass beads 17 x 5 7/8 x 3 3/8 in. (43.2 x 15.0 x 8.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.240 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 25A

Luce Center Label

Ed Davis inscribed his name in capital letters, along with the year, on the front of the base of this carved and painted figure. Davis may have been inspired by Polish American sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882–1946), whose simplified wooden figures were influenced by his own collection of American and European folk art, which Nadelman made available to the public at his Museum of Folk Arts in Riverdale, New York. In Girl with Tambourine the figure‚Äôs plain short dress reveals her hourglass shape and, along with the simplicity of her percussion instrument, implies youth and innocence.


Figure female - full length

Object - musical instrument - tambourine

Performing arts - music - tambourine


folk art



readymade - beads