Man in Business Suit

Accession Number

Man in Business Suit

Earnest Patton

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
carved and painted wood

17 3/4 in x 5 5/16 in x 6 7/8 in (45 cm x 13.5 cm x 17.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection

Label copy
Ronald E. Cooper
United States, born 1931
He’s Got You and Me Brother
Carved and painted wood
Gift of the Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection, 2002/1.213
Earnest Patton
United States, born 1935
Man in Business Suit
Carved and painted wood
Gift of the Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection, 2002/1.212
Sherman Lambdin
United States, born 1948
Red Devil Bird
Painted wood twig
Gift of the Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection, 2002/1.211
Cooper, Lambdin, and Patton are all professional Kentucky “whittlers,” or folk carvers. Southern carvers often include religious references in their works. Here, Cooper’s figure refers to the lyrics of a traditional African American spiritual, while Patton’s cane snake is a common nineteenth-century folk art symbol that has survived to contemporary times. Carved cane snakes were an African art tradition carried to the American South by enslaved West Africans, for whom snake imagery held spiritual significance.
(Out of the Ordinary, 2010)

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Wood and Woodcarving

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Business figures
Caucasian (culture or style)
men (male humans)
suits (main garments)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet Y ➜ Shelf 1