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Cane with Alligator Handle

1991 Tim Lewis Born: Isonville, Kentucky 1952 carved and painted wood 37 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (95.9 x 19.5 x 9.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ken and Donna Fadeley in honor of Robert H. Martin 1991.158.4 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 - reptile - alligator

sculpture

folk art

paint

wood

About Tim Lewis

Born: Isonville, Kentucky 1952

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