Cane inscribed FORET DE LAIGUE

  • Unidentified, Cane inscribed FORET DE LAIGUE, 1918, carved, pyro-engraved, and varnished wood with metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.3

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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 inscribed FORET DE LAIGUE
Artist
Date
1918
On View
Dimensions
37 x 2 x 2 in. (94.0 x 5.1 x 5.1 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, pyro-engraved, and varnished wood with metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – foliage
  • Animal – reptile – snake
Object Number
1986.65.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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