Cane with Rattlesnake, Lizard and Spider

  • Ben Miller, Cane with Rattlesnake, Lizard and Spider, 1982, wood; solvent based felt-tipped marker; plastic resin; Magic Marker, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ken and Donna Fadeley in honor of Robert H. Martin, 1991.158.1

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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 Rattlesnake, Lizard and Spider
Artist
Date
1982
Location
Dimensions
37 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (94.9 x 16.5 x 9.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Ken and Donna Fadeley in honor of Robert H. Martin

Mediums
Mediums Description
wood; solvent based felt-tipped marker; plastic resin; Magic Marker
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – insect – spider
  • Animal – reptile – lizard
Object Number
1991.158.1
Palette
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