Ben Miller, Cane, 1967-1969, carved and varnished wood, felt-tipped marker, and ballpoint pen and ink, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies, 1992.1.4
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)
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37 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (96.1 x 5.7 cm.) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies
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- carved and varnished wood, felt-tipped marker, and ballpoint pen and ink
- Animal – amphibian – frog
- Animal – reptile – snake
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