VERY RARE ODD FELLOWS CARVED AND PAINTED CEREMONIAL HEART-IN-HAND STAFF, FLORIDA, CIRCA 1890
depicts an African-American hand with a relief carved heart.
Length 48 in.
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Giampietro American Folk Art, New Haven, Connecticut.
Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco, American Vernacular: New Discoveries in Folk, Self-Taught, and Outsider Sculpture, (New York: Bulfinch Press, 2002), p. 177.
This apparently unique staff was found in an African-american Odd Fellows lodge hall in Florida.