Cane with Man and Pistol

  • Denzil Goodpaster, Cane with Man and Pistol, 1991, wood, paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ken and Donna Fadeley in honor of Robert H. Martin, 1991.158.5

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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 Man and Pistol
Artists
Date
1991
On View
Dimensions
40 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/16 in. (101.9 x 6.0 x 5.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male
  • Object – weapon – gun
Object Number
1991.158.5
Palette
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