Wood, papier-mâché, paint, string
Overall: 14 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 36.8 x 8.6 x 3.2 cm )
Wooden jumping jack with flat torso and limbs and papier-mâché head and collar; double body painted on both sides to represent the clown Harlequin (yellow, green, and lavender costume on one side and yellow, blue, and red costume on the other side); limbs move when string between legs is pulled.
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.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.