Welcome back! New-York Historical is now open for visitors. Book your timed-entry tickets. And reserve separate, timed-entry tickets for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted in the rear courtyard.

Snuff box w/tag: fish-shaped; lid inscribed: 641

Object Number: 
Wood, metal
Overall: 1 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 4.4 x 18.4 x 5.4 cm )
written: in black ink: "641" typed: tag found inside box: "NADELMAN/Collection/1123"; "Alaskan"
Wooden box carved in the shape of a stylized fish with swelling abdomen; hinged lid on side of abdomen opens to reveal ovoid space; lid closes with metal latch.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group