Bull's Head

  • Miles Burkholder Carpenter, Bull's Head, 1972, carved and painted wood, rubber, and thread, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.234

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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.

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“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

Title
Bull's Head
Artist
Date
1972
On View
Dimensions
21 1/4 x 12 x 15 in. (54.0 x 30.5 x 38.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood, rubber, and thread
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – cattle
Object Number
1986.65.234
Palette
Linked Open Data
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