Female Portrait Walking Stick

  • Unidentified, Female Portrait Walking Stick, 18th-19th century, wood carved in high relief, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1998.84.49

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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
Female Portrait Walking Stick
Artist
Date
18th-19th century
On View
Dimensions
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Mediums Description
wood carved in high relief
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female – full length
Object Number
1998.84.49
Palette
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