Counter Top Cigar Store Squaw

  • Unidentified, Counter Top Cigar Store Squaw, ca. 1875, carved and painted wood with metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.290

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The decline of the shipbuilding industry in the nineteenth century led many shipcarvers to turn to making shop figures. The most popular of these were cigar store Indians, which stood outside tobacco shops. The symbol of a Native American commonly appeared to advertise tobacco, which was discovered in the New World. The popularity of the figures declined by the end of the nineteenth century, however, with the introduction of electrical store signs and anti-sidewalk-obstruction laws.

Title
Counter Top Cigar Store Squaw
Artist
Date
ca. 1875
On View
Dimensions
37 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (95.9 x 29.4 x 29.4 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 and painted wood with metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Figure female – full length
  • Ethnic – Indian
Object Number
1986.65.290
Palette
Linked Open Data
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