Cane with Hand, Alligator, and Snake

  • Unidentified, Cane with Hand, Alligator, and Snake, probably 20th century, carved wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.9

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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 Hand, Alligator, and Snake
Artist
Date
probably 20th century
On View
Dimensions
33 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (84.4 x 10.5 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
carved wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • Animal – reptile – alligator
  • Figure – fragment – hand
Object Number
1986.65.9
Palette
Linked Open Data
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