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Tokens (4)

Object Number: 
Z.1954a-d
Date: 
1800-1900
Medium: 
Wood, stone, string
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 1/2 in. × 1 1/2 in. (1.3 × 3.8 cm) Overall (b): 1/4 in. × 1 3/8 in. (0.6 × 3.5 cm) Overall (c): 3/8 i
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on paper collector's label affixed to token "a": "2396 / Hung"
Description: 
Four carved, disk shaped tokens, each with hole at center; two wooden tokens (a, b) with concentric bands of zigzag patterning, X's, petals and stars; larger stone token (c) with four-petal design on either side, and smaller stone token (d) with openwork wheel design and incised zigzag pattern on edge; joined together with string threaded through holes at center.
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
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group