Iconic folk eagle
I very much liked the bold, graphic aspect of this piece. It is brash, visually strong, iconic, and would make a great display item on a wall. It is larger than most folk art eagles I have seen. I wonder about its origins. It appears to have come from New England, where I found it. It has been carved by hand and assembled in three pieces using metal banding and, in addition, some old horse glue to reinforce the head. The carving is nicely done before gesso was added and multiple layers of paint were applied - starting with ochre, raw sienna, black ...all contributing to the rich brown finish. I think it's striking. My wife doesn't like it at all - is it the pointy beak?