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Bull's Head

1972 Miles Burkholder Carpenter Born: Brownstown, Pennsylvania 1889 Died: Petersburg, Virginia 1985 carved and painted wood, rubber, and thread 21 1/4 x 12 x 15 in. (54.0 x 30.5 x 38.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.234 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B


Luce Center Quote

“I just manufacture ‘em, that’s all. Those monsters just come out of my head.” Miles Carpenter, quoted in Jann Malone, “He Manufactures Monsters,” Richmond Times Dispatch, October 6, 1974

Luce Center Label

Miles Carpenter was known around Waverly, Virginia, for filling his truck with life-size wood carvings of people and large animals and driving it around town. Bull’s Head was part of the original collection in the truck. Carpenter parked his truck next to his roadside store as a way of attracting customers.

Keywords

Animal - cattle

sculpture

folk art

fabric - thread

metal - nails

rubber

wood

About Miles Burkholder Carpenter

Born: Brownstown, Pennsylvania 1889 Died: Petersburg, Virginia 1985

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