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American Folk Art - Wood Carving

$146 or Best Offer

market:

Everyday

dimensions:

11" W x 16.6" H x 1" L

5 lbs

style:

Rustic

materials:

Wood

Jan
Jan
Independent and consulting curator

Description

A vintage carved wood and hand-painted Indian chief wall sculpture. The artist painted the Indian in high relief so it has a strong character, depth and dimension. Possibly a portrait of a Shawnee war leader, Tecumseh born in the Ohio Valley sometime around 1768. Tecumseh unified a number of different peoples into a settlement known as Prophetstown, better known in the United States as Tippecanoe. One day, while Tecumseh was away on a recruiting trip, future US president William Henry Harrison launched a surprise attack and burned it to the ground, killing nearly everyone. Still angered at his people’s treatment at the hands of the US, Tecumseh joined forces with Great Britain when the War of 1812 began. However, he died at the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813. Though he was a constant enemy to them, Americans quickly turned Tecumseh into a folk hero, valuing his impressive oratory skills and the bravery of his spirit.

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