Wood, metal (probably brass)
Overall: 34 5/8 x 6 x 1 5/8 in. ( 87.9 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm )
Wooden cane with straight shaft, carved elephant-shaped handle, and metal ferrule; shaft carved with turtles, birds, alligators, and human figures; painted red, yellow, green, and brown.
Gift of Miss Jane A. Catlin
According to accession records, this cane was thought to have been made by a Native American. However, various carved animals on the cane, such as the elephant and the alligator, suggest African origin or a maker of African descent.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.