Saturday, July 3, 2010

Standing tall ... and nude


Rummaging through the closet today rediscovered this guy. He's 17.6 inches tall and ramrod straight. It makes me wonder, why did the artist choose to depict a nude male? The carving obviously is primitive, naive, self-taught -- all of that -- but maybe the maker was influenced by classical nude sculpture. Or maybe he was gay and closeted, and this carving was his secret. I'm assuming a male carver because of the straightforward masculine look.

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