National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Owl Owl
Rendered by Hester Duany (artist), c. 1942
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paperboard
overall: 45.9 x 30.6 cm (18 1/16 x 12 1/16 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Pennsylvania German Folk Art from the Index of American Design
Object 17 of 23

This owl was whittled by Aaron Mountz, a friend and follower of Schimmel's. Birds were a favorite theme of both wood-carvers. This one is done with a naturalism of form that is enhanced with the detail of stylized feathers. By careful cross-hatching, each feather is represented in a way that is lively while providing an interesting surface texture. Mountz has rendered this carving not only as an individual owl, but, by its wise and aloof countenance, as a symbol of owl-ness. Though many of his carvings were painted, Mountz left this owl in unfinished wood.

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