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Cane with Alligator Motif
1920

How to take an alligator for a walk
An African American farmer from Dixie, GA, named Howard Miller carved this cypress walking stick with a pocketknife. It has an L-shaped handle, and it is covered with intricately carved alligators. Each animal is sculpted in high relief with exacting care paid to anatomical detail. Alligators have been a popular motif on American canes since the 1600s.

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Cypress wood
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· "The Object at Hand" by Edwards Park, "Smithsonian" Magazine, October 1995

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