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image of Pensylvania German Carved Bird Pensylvania German Carved Bird
Rendered by Carl Strehlau (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 30.3 x 26.8 cm (11 15/16 x 10 9/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 8 1.4" high; 4 3/8" wide
Index of American Design
1943.8.16765
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From the Tour: Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Index of American Design
Object 18 of 23

This polychrome bird resembles a parrot. In contrast to the naturalistic detail of the owl, the parrot is smoothly stylized and painted in the bright colors typical of Pennsylvania German decoration. Because thin wooden legs could easily break, the carver has ingeniously substituted wire to mount the bird on the sawed-off finial of a bedpost.

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