Rabbit

  • William Edmondson, Rabbit, ca. 1940, carved limestone, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.241

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William Edmondson drew inspiration from daily life, religion, and African American folklore in creating his limestone figures. In many parts of Africa, the rabbit appears in folklore as the quintessential trickster, a character that relies on intelligence and wits to overcome adversity. For enslaved Africans in the United States, these traditional stories kept them connected and gave them hope.
Title
Rabbit
Artist
Date
ca. 1940
On View
Dimensions
12 5/8 x 5 x 8 in. (32.0 x 12.7 x 20.3 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 limestone
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – rabbit
Object Number
1986.65.241
Palette
Linked Open Data
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