Overall: 5 1/8 x 4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 13 x 10.2 x 7 cm )
Carved wooden squirrel on domed, roughly circular base; body painted dark gray with black spots; ocher yellow painted tail with cross-hatching; red berry clutched below chin; black painted base.
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.
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Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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