Cane with Black Snake and Marquetry Handle

  • Unidentified, Cane with Black Snake and Marquetry Handle, carved and painted wood and inlaid wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1998.84.40

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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)

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Cane with Black Snake and Marquetry Handle
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Mediums Description
carved and painted wood and inlaid wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – snake
Object Number
1998.84.40
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