Cane with Bird Handle

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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 Bird Handle
Artists
Date
1988
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
38 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 2 5/16 in. (97.8 x 11.3 x 5.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of James E. Allen

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird
  • Figure female
Object Number
1991.105
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