NATIONAL-MILITARY-HOME-OHIO

  • Unidentified, NATIONAL-MILITARY-HOME-OHIO, ca. 1900, carved and painted wood, glass beads, and brass tacks, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.336A-B

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An unknown artist in the National Military Home in Dayton, Ohio, created this piece. The facility, established in the 1860s, housed several thousand military veterans, who occupied their time with painting and wood carving. The figure appears to be Middle Eastern. The phrase on his turban, Alah Il Alah (correctly spelled Allah Il Allah), meaning “God is God,” is from a Muslim prayer, but this gives us no clue as to why the artist chose this image.

Title
NATIONAL-MILITARY-HOME-OHIO
Artist
Date
ca. 1900
On View
Dimensions
11 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (29.6 x 16.5 x 17.5 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, glass beads, and brass tacks
Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem
  • Dress – accessory – hat
  • Figure male – head
  • Animal – reptile – snake
  • Ethnic – Arabian
Object Number
1986.65.336A-B
Palette
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