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Emblematic Panel with Two dogs and Throne

20th century Unidentified (American) carved and painted wood 15 7/8 x 18 1/8 x 7/8 in. (40.3 x 46.1 x 2.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.286 Not currently on view


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The two dogs in this painting, at either side of an empty throne, look mournfully out at the viewer. This sentimental image evokes stories of pets that remain loyal to humans even after their owners die, either by standing vigil at the graveside or returning again and again to a favorite spot.

Keywords

Animal - dog

Object - furniture - chair

sculpture - relief

folk art

paint

wood