Pike DecoyArtist(s)Oscar PetersonObject Creation Datecirca 1928Medium & Supportcarved and painted wood and painted metalDimensions
1 7/16 x 7 11/16 x 1 13/16 in. (3.5 x 19.5 x 4.5 cm);1 7/16 x 7 11/16 x 1 13/16 in. (3.5 x 19.5 x 4.5 cm)Credit LineGift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art CollectionnLabel copy
Growing up in Grayling, Michigan, an area where fishing was a popular past time, Oscar William Peterson was able to use his talent and skill to support himself. Being an avid fisherman himself, he started carving fish decoys, of which he is regarded as a master. Carving a variety of fish was something he prided himself on in order to interest all fisherman.
Peterson's fish were used for both functional and decorative purposes. His basic design consisted of protruding jaws, curved and slender bodies, as well as realistic coloring techniques. Using wood as his primary material, he also employed metal fittings for fasteners and fins. Peterson made a name for himself among the fishing communities with his decoys. They continue to be sought after by fisherman and collectors alike.
Modern and Contemporary Intern
Used for both functional and decorative purposes, the decoy of a Pike fish is typical of Peterson’s basic design consisting of a protruding jaw, with a curved slender body and realistic color techniques. Using wood as his primary material, he also employed metal fittings for fasteners and fins.Physical Description
Carved wooden decoy of a Pike fish; green along dorsal region with yellow underbelly, spots and flecks of yellow, white, and black.Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypecarvingCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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