Cane with Boot-Shaped Handle

  • Unidentified, Cane with Boot-Shaped Handle, late 19th-early 20th century, carved and stained wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.12

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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 with Boot-Shaped Handle
Artist
Date
late 19th-early 20th century
Location
Dimensions
35 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 7/8 in. (89.5 x 6.5 x 2.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and stained wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – shoe
Object Number
1986.65.12
Palette
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