Antique Cigar Store Style Folk Art Hand-Carved Wood American Indian Chief, Missouri, 1907
This hand-carved American Indian is from my personal collection. A Sioux Medicine Man who was a guest in my home considered it a curiosity. The face is compelling, with deeply set eyes and a sharp nose. The Eagle feather headdress indicates that this is a Chief. The carving is soft wood, perhaps pine. The feathers are painted black and white; the Chief’s long hair is painted black.
The shield has metal medieval-style studs around the edge and a gold-tone metal bow at the bottom, a touch of whimsy for a head that seems to be mounted as a trophy.
The carving is signed and dated on the back of the shield: Jno. N. McCue; AuxVasse, Missouri, USA; 1907.
CONDITION: Excellent! The shield has a vertical split but is secured by two wooden braces. There is a relatively new screw in the back with no apparent purpose. No damage to the feathers or the rest of the carving.
MARKS: see description
MEASUREMENTS: About 16 inches tall x 13 ¼ wide x 7 deep.
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