Tobacconist Carved Symbol

Date

1850-1890

GUSN

GUSN-3367

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

Descriptive Terms

shop signs
wood (plant material)
oil paint (paint)
Wood
Maple
Oil Paint
Sign, Trade

Inscription

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.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

59 1/2 x 13 x 10 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1151

Places

Massachusetts (United States)