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Cane with Bird Handle

1988 Arthur Pete Dilbert Born: Pinpoint, Georgia 1928 carved and stained wood 38 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 2 5/16 in. (97.8 x 11.3 x 5.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of James E. Allen 1991.105 Not currently on view

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Artists decorate canes with a wide variety of images, from traditional carvings of snakes and birds, to nude women, political figures, and celebrities. Some artists highlight the natural shape of the wood by applying relief designs onto twisted branches and roots, while others carve three-dimensional shapes into the shaft. Images of animals are the most popular decoration, but many canes also show patriotic, fraternal, and political themes. (George Meyer, American Folk Art Canes, 1992)


Animal - bird

Figure female


folk art


About Arthur Pete Dilbert

Born: Pinpoint, Georgia 1928