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Ray Growler
Billy Goat
about 1990
wood with horn, wool, hide, and plastic
25 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Navajo sculptor Ray Growler uses a chain saw and an axe to rough out the forms of sheep and goats, then covers them with home-cured pelts and adds horns to give them a realistic appearance. The expressive face of Billy Goat reflects Growler's appreciation for the animal's character.