Crown of Thorns Construction

  • Unidentified, Crown of Thorns Construction, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1998.84.52

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“Tramp” art was created from old cigar boxes by tradesmen at the turn of the twentieth century. Craftsmen chip-carved the edges of pieces of wood and layered them together to create furniture, sculptures, and religious objects. The Crown of Thorns Construction is named because of the interlocking construction technique, which was supposed to represent Jesus’s crown when he was crucified (Helaine Fendelman, Tramp Art, 1975).

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Crown of Thorns Construction
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

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  • Emblem – cross
  • Object – furniture – chair
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1998.84.52
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