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Winged Dog

ca. 1975 Stephan W. Polaha Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1891 Died: Reading, Pennsylvania 1977 painted wood, metal, and glass 17 7/8 x 22 x 10 1/2 in. (45.4 x 55.9 x 26.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.77 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Stephan W. Polaha created fanciful creatures that were often an amalgamation of different figures and concepts from his life. In Winged Dog, Polaha added wings to man's best friend. The blank expression and bright red mouth suggest that this spotted canine is a new whimsical breed. Polaha had pet dogs and often included images of dogs in his pieces. He was also a devout Catholic, and Winged Dog could have served as a memorial to a lost pet.

Keywords

Fantasy - animal - dog

sculpture

folk art

glass

metal

paint

wood

About Stephan W. Polaha

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1891 Died: Reading, Pennsylvania 1977

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