Cane

  • Ben Miller, Cane, 1967-1969, ink, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies, 1992.1.3

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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)

Title
Cane
Artists
Date
1967-1969
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
34 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (87.5 x 6.1 cm.) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • Animal – reptile – lizard
Object Number
1992.1.3
Palette
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