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Great Blue Heron "Confidence" Decoy

1991.1168 (RS21566)

Description

In the form of a full-bodied (premature) heron, made in three pieces. Its knobby neck is set into an oblong body. It is painted green and freely "dashed" and "slashed" with black and yellow painted eyes and bill. A cut-off broom handle is used for the stand and a rough hewn block for the base.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1880-1900
Inscriptions
A typed paper label on the base reads: E-9-Great Blue Heron decoy used at Hay Barn near Picton, Ont./Maker Unknown but dates back to late 1800's, or early 1900's./Been shaped from a root and was mortised into the body in an unusual/way. The neck shows the mark of the rasp used/by the carver, and/indicates the possibility that he intended to carve the lumpy/minnow-in-the-throat look that some makers sought./Mackey, Pp.54-55, ""American Bird Decoys"" says that heron decoys/were carved to attract herons, as they made good eating, and that/they were not made as ""Confidence Decoys"", as others claim.
Location of origin
Picton, ON, Canada
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
painting (coating)
root (plant material)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Accessory
Descriptive terms
Carved
carving (processes)
Decoy
decoys
Painted
painting (coating)
Root
root (plant material)
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
24 x 29 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1168
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3384

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