A boldly carved Maine hunting decoy with an inletted head. The simple, clean lines of this bird were fashioned by a confident and skilled maker who captured the essence of the "whistler." Original paint with even wear, an age line in bill, touch-up to a spot on back, and some barn red paint spatter mostly to right side.
Provenance: A private folk art collector, Colorado
Literature: Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco, "American Vernacular," Boston, MA, 2002, p. 41, related example illustrated.
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