carved and painted wood, glass beads, and brass tacks
11 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. (29.6 x 16.5 x 17.5 cm.)
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.