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Stephan Polaha
Winged Dog
about 1975
painted wood with metal and glass
17 7/8 x 22 x 10 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

Little is known about Stephan Polaha except that he came from Pennsylvania. This carving of a winged dog attests to his lively imagination and skill at transforming an earthbound creature into a fantastical being. The creative combination of wood, metal, and glass suggests an artist who saw rich possibilities in ordinary materials.