National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Weather Vane Weather Vane
Rendered by John Davis (artist), c. 1937
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 35.3 x 47.1 cm (13 7/8 x 18 9/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 36" wide; 28 1/2" high
Index of American Design
1943.8.16726
Not on View
From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 20 of 26

Compared to most weathervanes, which are single figures, this example was an ambitious project. Carved by an artisan from Salem, Massachusetts, the three figures represent an Indian, on a horse, about to spear an attacking mountain lion. On the whole the composition succeeds well; the diagonal line of the spear and upward-lunging animal contrasts with the backward movement of the horse. The tail and mane of the horse have been given particular attention in their detail.

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