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Cane

Object Number: 
1944.38
Date: 
1880-1930
Medium: 
Wood, possibly maple
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 3/4 x 5 x 2 1/2 in. ( 98.4 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Wooden cane with a crook handle, tapered shaft with high relief carving of two intertwined snakes with rattles eyeing a frog; carved collar suggesting acorn top; remnants of painted decoration.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this cane was carved by Indian Chief, Sitting Bull (ca. 1831-1890). However, its carved motifs of intertwined snakes and a frog are not typical of Native American canes. The cane may have originated in the American southwest, and could possibly have been purchased as a souvenir from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, which included Sitting Bull as a major attraction.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the estate of Ina Love Thursby
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group