VERY RARE CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED WOOD SCULPTURE OF AN EXORCISM SCENE, MID-WESTERN, CIRCA 1910
depicting a group of people surrounding a child in bed with a demon.
Height 6 in. by Width 7 in. by Depth 7 ½ in.
In fine condition. Proper left arm of woman in red with minor restoration at shoulder of outstretched arm. Large crack across bed behind demon's hand reaching down to base. Metal plate around base added to secure crack in base. All figures appear to retain historic paint.
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Giampietro American Folk Art, New Haven, Connecticut.
Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco, American Vernacular (Boston: Bulfinch Press, 2002), p. 178.