Girl with Tambourine

  • Ed Davis, Girl with Tambourine, 1935, carved and painted wood, metal chain, and glass beads, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.240

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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’s plain short dress reveals her hourglass shape and, along with the simplicity of her percussion instrument, implies youth and innocence.

Title
Girl with Tambourine
Artist
Date
1935
Location
Dimensions
17 x 5 7/8 x 3 3/8 in. (43.2 x 15.0 x 8.6 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, metal chain, and glass beads
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
  • Object – musical instrument – tambourine
  • Performing arts – music – tambourine
Object Number
1986.65.240
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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