Whirligig with Woman Churning and Man Sawing

  • Unidentified, Whirligig with Woman Churning and Man Sawing, 1920s, cut, turned and painted wood; metal; cloth; porcelain doll parts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies, 1992.1.6

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Farmers created whirligigs to entertain their children and decorate their gardens. These colorful, animated devices also added an element of fun to an otherwise demanding life in rural America. This piece shows the everyday activities of churning butter and sawing wood. When the wind blows, the lady’s arms move up and down and the man’s saw moves back and forth. The large painted arrow on the back of the whirligig suggests it was also used as a weather vane.

Title
Whirligig with Woman Churning and Man Sawing
Artist
Date
1920s
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
27 1/2 x 33 x 11 7/8 in. (72.0 x 83.8 x 32.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies

Mediums
Mediums Description
cut, turned and painted wood; metal; cloth; porcelain doll parts
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Occupation – domestic – cooking
  • Occupation – industry – lumber
Object Number
1992.1.6
Palette
Linked Open Data
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