Diamond-Willow Cane

  • Unidentified, Diamond-Willow Cane, probably 20th century, carved, painted, and lacquered Diamond willow, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.14

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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)

Diamond-Willow Cane
probably 20th century
On View
37 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 in. (94.6 x 4.9 x 4.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums Description
carved, painted, and lacquered Diamond willow
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • Object – foliage
  • Object – flower
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