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
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.
Cat from a Ball Toss Game
- ca. 1920
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14 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 6 in. (36.9 x 19.5 x 15.2 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
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- painted canvas with leather, wood and metal
- Animal – cat
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