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1967-1969 Ben Miller Born: Kentucky 1917 carved and varnished wood, felt-tipped marker, and ballpoint pen and ink 37 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (96.1 x 5.7 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies 1992.1.4 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 - amphibian - frog

Animal - reptile - snake


folk art



About Ben Miller

Born: Kentucky 1917

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