Devil in Casket with She Devil and Evangelist

  • Sulton Rogers, Devil in Casket with She Devil and Evangelist, ca. 1991, painted wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.81A-D

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Sulton Rogers took up carving to entertain himself while working the night shift at a chemical plant in New York. Upon discovering that people were stealing his handiwork while he was not around, he decided to see what would happen to a carving of a deceased man in a coffin. No one took it. From then on, Rogers thrived on creating macabre, quirky pieces drawn from his dreams. His fanciful, sometimes grotesque figures often humorously blend African American folk beliefs and religious icons. The she-devil, whom Rogers called a "haint" (ghost), and the evangelist are recurring characters in his work.
Title
Devil in Casket with She Devil and Evangelist
Artist
Date
ca. 1991
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
overall: 20 x 15 3/4 x 10 in. (50.8 x 40.0 x 25.4 cm.)
A (devil): 1 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.4 x 29.8 x 5.7 cm.)
B (casket open): 4 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 7 in. (10.5 x 40.0 x 17.8 cm.)
B (casket closed): 3 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 5 in. (8.9 x 40.0 x 12.7 cm.)
C (she devil): 14 x 9 x 3 3/4 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 9.5 cm.)
D (evangelist): 14 x 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (35.6 x 14.6 x 9.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – religion – preacher
  • Religion – Satan
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • State of being – death
Object Number
1997.124.81A-D
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