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image of Whirligig Whirligig
Rendered by Mina Lowry (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 28.7 x 22.1 cm (11 5/16 x 8 11/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 30" high
Index of American Design
1943.8.16277
Not on View
From the Tour: Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Index of American Design
Object 20 of 23

This carved figure is a whirligig. Used as both a toy and a weather vane, the whirligig was made so that the paddlelike arms could rotate in the wind. The head and body are made from a single piece of wood while the arms are attached by a rod that passes through the shoulders. Made about 1840, this whirligig was probably carved by an amateur.

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