This is a wooden hand-carved and hand-painted eagle with arrow. The eagle is dated to the early 20th century, approximately 1930-1940.
The eagle is carved out of one large piece of wood, making the intricate detailing on the feathers and beak that much more impressive. The eagle is presented in profile, with wings spread and both talons clutching an arrow. The eagle is accented with white and yellow paint, to highlight the head and tail feathers and arrow.
The eagle motif in décor and folk art has been widely used throughout our nation's history, most notably as part of our Great Seal. The founders of the United States were fond of comparing their new republic with the Roman Republic, in which eagle imagery, usually the golden eagle, was prominent. On June 20, 1782, the Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive branch with its talons.
Eagle is in very good condition. The back of eagle indicates no repairs. Minor surface wear and fading of paint, as expected with age and past use. Eagle dimensions: 8 1/4" H x 23 1/2" W x 2" D.