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Artist:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
carved and painted wood, glass beads, and brass tacks
Dimensions:
11 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (29.6 x 16.5 x 17.5 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Folk Art
Date:
ca. 1900
Luce Center Label:
An unknown artist in the National Military Home in Dayton, Ohio, created this piece. The facility, established in the 1860s, housed several thousand military veterans, who occupied their time with painting and wood carving. The figure appears to be Middle Eastern. The phrase on his turban, Alah Il Alah (correctly spelled Allah Il Allah), meaning “God is God,” is from a Muslim prayer, but this gives us no clue as to why the artist chose this image.
Topic:
Dress\accessory\hat  Search this
Figure male\head  Search this
Animal\reptile\snake  Search this
Ethnic\Arabian  Search this
Emblem  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Object number:
1986.65.336A-B
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 25B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1986.65.336A-B