Shown in conjunction with the exhibition EARL CUNNINGHAM. These fun and uniquely carved decoys were commonly used by men fishing through holes in the ice. Decoys vary in size, decoration, and materials, though wood was used mainly for the body and tin for the fins. Eyes are beads, glass or tacks. Early examples display a richness in carving, and some are painted with sayings expressing hope.

Collection Source: Collection of William Bender


On View: Aug 05, 1989 - Sep 10, 1989

Curator: Martha Longenecker

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