Woman and Tree with Birds Nesting

  • Unidentified, Woman and Tree with Birds Nesting, after 1900, carved and painted wood with metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.340

Luce Center Label

In this sculpture the curved, hollow nest in front of the woman’s stomach suggests pregnancy. The eggs in the nest, watched over by two birds, also symbolize new life and family. The carving may have been given as a good-luck charm to a friend or relation who was expecting a child.

Title
Woman and Tree with Birds Nesting
Artist
Date
after 1900
On View
Dimensions
17 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in. (44.3 x 26.9 x 20.5 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 with metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – tree
  • Animal – bird
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
1986.65.340
Palette
Linked Open Data
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