• Glenn Foss, Cane, ca. 1970s, wood with rubber foot, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist, 1991.145.2

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Artists decorate canes with a wide variety of images, from traditional carvings of snakes and birds, to nude women, political figures, and celebrities. Some artists highlight the natural shape of the wood by applying relief designs onto twisted branches and roots, while others carve three-dimensional shapes into the shaft. Images of animals are the most popular decoration, but many canes also show patriotic, fraternal, and political themes. (George Meyer, American Folk Art Canes, 1992)

ca. 1970s
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length 50 1/8 x 2 in. (127.3 x 5.1 cm.) diam
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of the artist

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wood with rubber foot
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