Carved Wooden Beast
Antique folk art carved wooden beast, c. mid-19th century. Perhaps meant to represent a bear, the creature’s long hair, anthropomorphic brow and elegant gait suggest more of an imaginary beast than a living one. Original surface with gray and red paint. Paint loss, scratches and significant chips indicate the wooden beast may have been a child’s toy, perhaps for generations. Found in New Hampshire.
6 inches long
1.5 inches wide
Well-worn condition, with scratches and significant chips to head, legs and tail.
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