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Tobacconist Carved Symbol

1991.1151 (RS21301)

Description

A tall wooden statue of an Indian maiden. Her left foot is slightly forward and her left arm is bent, raised to her waist and supporting a package of prepared tobacco. Several cigar boxes and a bunch of banded cigars are in her right hand, and at her side is a sheaf of tobacco leaves. A blanket is wrapped around her waist and over her left shoulder, and she wears a beaded, feathered(?) necklace. Her knee-length tunic is banded at the sleeves and decorated with feathers. Her long hair hangs behind her shoulders, banded with a feathered headress, now broken off, but still with the statue. (It rests between her feet). From her ears hang large triangular earrings. Her feet are bare, and the traces of the original paint are visible overall. The paint on the feather headress, of three feathers, has been preserved and are in bright hues of green, yellow, blue and red.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1890
Inscriptions
None was visible, although it was too heavy to see the entire back and bottom of the statue.
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
oil paint (paint)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Advertising Medium
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Maple
Oil Paint
oil paint (paint)
shop signs
Sign, Trade
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
59 1/2 x 13 x 10 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1151
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3367

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