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Deer weathervane: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
An unknown American craftsman created this weathervane in the form of a leaping deer in the last quarter of the 19th century. The three-dimensional copper form, ears, tail, and lead-filled, half-round antlers were all hand-hammered, probably using wooden forms carved by the artist. The delicately modeled head is of cast zinc. The hand-applied gilded surface is remarkably intact, with minor weathering and bullet dents, both consistent with outdoor use. A rare form of deer weathervane, it is one of only three known examples by this anonymous maker.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009