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American Decorative Arts
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Carver: Henry Gudgell, American, 1826–1895

Cane

ca. 1867

Ebonized wood

37 × 1 1/2 in. (94 × 3.8 cm)
Director’s Purchase Fund
1968.23
Geography: 
Made in Livingston County, Missouri
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Tools and Equipment
Bibliography: 

John Michael Vlach, The Afro-American Tradition in Decorative Arts (Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978), 35-36, 162, no. 37.

Robert Farris Thompson, Afro-American Folk Art and Crafts, ed. William R. Ferris (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985), 31-33, 158, ill.

Richard J. Powell, African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures, ed. Vincent L. Wimbush (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2003), 342-45, 350, no. 1, ill.

Allan Weiss, “An Odyssey: Finding the Other Henry Gudgell Walking Stick,” Folk Art: Magazine of the American Folk Art Museum (Fall 2008): 52–53, ill.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 21, 56–57, no. 25, ill.

Pamela Franks and Robert E. Steele, Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2010), 10, 12, 43, ill.

Carol Crown, Cheryl Rivers, and Charles Reagan Wilson, The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 23: Folk Art (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013), 291-92.

Lisa E. Farrington, African-American Art: A Visual and Cultural History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 38–40, fig. 3.9.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.