Carved Cane of a Monkey, Snake, and Lizard
American, Probably Southern, ca. 1880-1900.
Condition: Excellent condition.
Provenance: Private Collection, North Carolina; Stephen Powers, Brooklyn, New York.
Snakes are a popular motif in folk art decorations as their long slender shape and curvilinear lines provide a simple and interesting way to decorate functional carved objects like canes and walking sticks. However, monkeys, which made their way into folk art from folk songs, were used as a symbol of mischief and subversion. The great detail of the carving of the snake, lizard, and monkey on this piece reveal a highly talented artist. This is a great expressive piece of American folk art.
Dimensions: 36" h
Item ID: FA-SO 071