Maria Spatz

Object Number: 
1937.329
Date: 
Mid-19th century
Medium: 
Polychrome painted and carved pine
Dimensions: 
Overall: 63 1/4 x 20 x 17 in. ( 160.7 x 50.8 x 43.2 cm )
Gallery Label: 
The figurehead was a carved and painted decoration placed under the bowsprit of old sailing vessels. This example 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
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group