Belsnickel Figure

Belsnickel Figure

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Description (Brief)
"Belsnickel" figure made of painted wood. Figure is dressed in a long brown coat with ermine, with hemline, cuffs, and border of hood lined in red, and black boots. The figure's eyes, cheeks, and wrinkles are clearly defined by painting and carving. White beard is also carved and painted. The left arm is bent at elbow, clenched flat holding a whip, and a pack on back. Possibly made in Pennsylvania.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Figure
Date made
19th century
place made
United States: Pennsylvania
location where used
United States
Physical Description
paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 89 cm; 35 1/16 in
ID Number
CL.65.1150
catalog number
65.1150
collector/donor number
T-39
accession number
261195
Credit Line
The Eleanor and Mabel Van Alstyne American Folk Art Collection
subject
Holidays and Celebrations, general
Christmas
Christianity
Santa Claus
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Cultural and Community Life: Folk Art
Cultures & Communities
Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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