Cat from a Ball Toss Game

  • Unidentified (American), Cat from a Ball Toss Game, ca. 1920, painted canvas with leather, wood and metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.287

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Ball-toss games are a traditional part of carnivals and fairs. The artist designed this piece to land upright when thrown, reflecting the saying that a cat always lands on its feet. Visitors to fairgrounds won prizes by throwing a ball like this to knock down cans, pass through holes, or land within targets.

Title
Cat from a Ball Toss Game
Artist
Date
ca. 1920
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
14 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 6 in. (36.9 x 19.5 x 15.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted canvas with leather, wood and metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – cat
Object Number
1986.65.287
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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