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Swan Decoy

1991.1175 (RS21570)

Description

Wooden carved and painted decoy representing a swan, with a curved body and wings in bas relief. It has a sharply arched two piece neck, a downward pointed head, yellow bill and incised whittling to indicate feathers on its sides. There are many layers of paint, possibly gesso, and including an early application of black to the neck, bill and stripe on the head and breast. [May have been a black swan at one time.] Felt is attached to the bottom.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Williams, John, 1859-1937 (Maker)
Date
1870-1910
Location of origin
Cedar Island, NC, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
gesso
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Accessory
Places
North Carolina (United States)
Descriptive terms
Carved
carving (processes)
Decoy
decoys
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Painted
painting (coating)
Possibly gesso
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
13 1/2 x 5 1/2 (HxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1175
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3390

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