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image of Dove Decoy Dove Decoy
Rendered by American 20th Century (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 22.6 x 30.4 cm (8 7/8 x 11 15/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.16856
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From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 24 of 26

Bird carvings such as this dove fulfilled an ornamental function. The faithfully rendered shape of this example has a flowing contour, with the feathers, claws, and bill carefully articulated. While decoys were usually painted, carvers of ornamental birds often preferred unpainted natural wood.

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