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Object Name: Woodworking plane
Date: possibly 16th century
Medium: Brass
Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/2 × 10 3/4 × 2 in. (8.9 × 27.3 × 5.1 cm)
Place made: Europe
Description: Molded brass jointer's plane composed of a rectangular stock with a flat sole perforated by a slit that functions as a blade; the hollow stock catches the shavings and has a brass crosspiece that holds a wooden wedge in place; handle is in the shape of dragon's head.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Object Number: Z.175
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Marks: hand written: paper collector's label found with plane: "Nadelman #23"

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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.


The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman