Réf : 71025
Cigar or tobacco store Indian in polychrome walnut
An extremely rare sculpture of an Indian from a cigar or tobacco store in carved and polychrome painted walnut. Most likely, this sculpture would have been part of an architectural setting, such as a shop interior or exterior, where it would have served as a decorative corbel and shop sign.
Because European carvers had never seen a Native American, this early cigar-store "Indian" looks more like a black slave with exaggerated, almost grotesque facial features and a colorful feathered headdresses. These carvings were called "Black Boys" or "Virginians" in the trade. Eventually, the European cigar-store [...]