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Rare Homespun Barn Owl "Scarecrow".....SALE PENDING
American, 19th century. An amazing sculptural barn owl made of homespun, straw, wood, and paint. Cleverly fashioned from available material to provide a means to frighten off rodents and birds within the barn. Bulbous body filled with straw, mounted on its original, highly patinated pine wood post (with attached bracket for mounting), facial features hand-painted, with a carved pine beak. Likely had several bird feathers originally which would catch the draft and give movement. How did it survive?! Stands about 24 inches tall. Folk art now that began life with a utilitarian purpose. Some years ago from an important NJ collection, most recently in a private West Coast collection.
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