This is a 19th century carved wooden folk art cane or walking stick featuring a man's head with glass inset eyes, large nose, and brass belt shaped collar. The shaft is hand painted simulated bamboo. The carving of canes was an early American traditional pastime. Many were of traditional, whimsical, and patriotic nature. Some German canes with large noses were made to mimic illustrations of the large nosed men in the Der Muenchner (Munich) Bilderbogen circa 1850. The large nose was also evidenced in early 15-16th century German woodcuts of the "nose Dance" by Hans Sbold Behan. The representation, significance and portrayal of the large nose had many satiric interpretations even to some evidence of an anti-Semitic nature. The head is 2 3/4" wide and the shaft is 36" long. It is in fine condition. SC.
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