Cane

  • 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

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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
Artist
Date
1967-1969
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
37 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (96.1 x 5.7 cm.) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and varnished wood, felt-tipped marker, and ballpoint pen and ink
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – amphibian – frog
  • Animal – reptile – snake
Object Number
1992.1.4
Palette
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Cane

1967-1969
varnished and carved wood, felt-tipped marker, and ballpoint pen and ink

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1967-1969
carved and varnished wood, felt-tipped marker, and ballpoint pen and ink

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