Fiddler

  • Unidentified, Fiddler, early 20th century, carved and painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.295

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Early-twentieth-century wood-carvers often made toy figures with movable parts to amuse their children. The Fiddler’s arms and legs can be moved to suggest that he is playing the violin and dancing; in Seated Man with Pipe the figure’s left arm can move up and down to simulate the gesture of smoking. In both sculptures the artists paid more attention to animating the figures than they did to detail or color.

Title
Fiddler
Artist
Date
early 20th century
On View
Dimensions
approx. 10 x 6 x 5 in. (25.4 x 15.2 x 12.7 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
carved and painted wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Performing arts – music – fiddle
Object Number
1986.65.295
Palette
Linked Open Data
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