Cane with Turned Parts, Mica, and Photographs

  • Unidentified, Cane with Turned Parts, Mica, and Photographs, probably 20th century, turned, carved, and varnished wood with mica, bone, horn, metal and photograph, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.24

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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 Turned Parts, Mica, and Photographs
Artist
Date
probably 20th century
On View
Dimensions
34 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 in. (87.4 x 3.6 x 3.6 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
turned, carved, and varnished wood with mica, bone, horn, metal and photograph
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male
Object Number
1986.65.24
Palette
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