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ca. 1970s Glenn Foss Born: Belding, Michigan 1906 Died: New York, New York 1989 wood with leather strap and rubber foot length 45 1/4 x 3 x 2 1/4 in. (114.9 x 7.5 x 8.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of the artist 1991.145.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28A


Luce Center Label

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)

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sculpture

folk art

animal parts - leather

rubber

wood

About Glenn Foss

Born: Belding, Michigan 1906 Died: New York, New York 1989

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