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The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger | Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art

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Snowy Owl
American School, circa 1920s
polychromed cedar figure
Height 21 1/2 in. by Width 7 1/2 in.
circa 1920
New Hampshire
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來源

Frank Maresca, New York;
Steve Miller, American Folk Art, New York.

展覽

Museum of American Folk Art, New York, Discoveries in American Folk Art, 1988.

出版

Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, American Primitive (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988) p. 220, fig. 314;
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 40, illus. in color.

相關資料

Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) are Arctic birds that breed in Alaskan and Canadian tundra regions but occasionally visit northern New England in winter, sometimes in great numbers. Unlike other owls, Snowy Owls hunt during the day, and their plumage is designed to provide camouflage in the snow-covered terrain they favor.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Snowy Owls are, “Historically, one of the most persecuted owls in North America,” and thousands were shot during their sporadic winter migratory intrusions into New England in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. However, decoys would not have been necessary to such pursuits, and this highly detailed carving was most likely made to honor the birds, not to lure them. It depicts a male Snowy Owl, which is almost completely white whereas females are flecked with black. Its deeply carved wings, tail, eyes, and beak; incised feathers; and turned head contribute to a remarkable portrait of this uncommon and eye-catching species.

The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger | Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art

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