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Cane with Rattlesnake, Lizard and Spider

1982 Ben Miller Born: Kentucky 1917 wood; solvent based felt-tipped marker; plastic resin; Magic Marker 37 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (94.9 x 16.5 x 9.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ken and Donna Fadeley in honor of Robert H. Martin 1991.158.1 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)

Keywords

Animal - insect - spider

Animal - reptile - lizard

Animal - reptile - snake

sculpture

folk art

ink

plastic

wood

About Ben Miller

Born: Kentucky 1917

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