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Artist:
Elijah Pierce, born Baldwyn, MS 1892-died Columbus, OH 1984  Search this
Medium:
painted wood, glitter
Dimensions:
11 3/8 x 18 x 1 1/4 in. (28.9 x 45.7 x 3.2 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Folk Art
Date:
1973
Luce Center Label:
This carving shows two world leaders shaking hands, as if negotiating peace, but the tools hidden behind their backs and the two devils suggest that they do not mean what they say. This image of deception was probably inspired by Richard Nixon’s 1968 campaign promise to achieve “peace with honor” in Vietnam. The war would not end for several years, however, and during his presidency Nixon approved large-scale bombing of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Luce Object Quote:
“They claim to be talking about peace . . . but there’s more killing and slaughtering and hatred in the human heart than there ever was in history. These nations now, they’re just sayin’ peace, but going back and making ammunition and missiles and every other device.” Elijah Pierce, quoted in June Donmoyer, “Elijah Pierce: Woodcarver,” Antique Review Preview, August 1985
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
Allegory\quality\harmony  Search this
Allegory\quality\deceit  Search this
Object\weapon\axe  Search this
Religion\Satan  Search this
Object\weapon\dagger  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of David L. Davies
Object number:
1992.37.4
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1992.37.4