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Cane Handle (possibly India), 19th century

This is a Cane Handle. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1949. Its medium is wood, inlaid silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

De Forest and others collected bidri ware for the Western market, where stylish cane handles were popular. Bidri, a technique exclusive to Bidar, India, involved the inlaying of intricate silver into a blackened zinc alloy. In these cane handles, dark wood replaces the alloy for a similar appearance.

This object was donated by Anonymous. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

  • Flag Cane, ca. 1890
  • H x diam.: 87.9 x 3.9 cm (34 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.).
  • Gift of John B. Scholz in memory of Walter Scholz.
  • 1987-97-11-a,b

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Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 6.5 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm (2 9/16 in. × 1 3/8 in. × 1 in.)

Cite this object as

Cane Handle (possibly India), 19th century; wood, inlaid silver; L x W x D: 6.5 × 3.5 × 2.5 cm (2 9/16 in. × 1 3/8 in. × 1 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1949-151-9

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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