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Maker(s):Becker, Frederick G.
Culture:American (1913-2004)
Title:John Henry's Hand from the John Henry Suite
Date Made:1935-1939
Type:Print
Materials:wood engraving
Measurements:Mat: 13 3/16 in x 11 3/16 in; 33.5 cm x 28.4 cm; Sheet: 9 in x 8 in; 22.9 cm x 20.3 cm; Image: 6 1/16 in x 4 1/4 in; 15.4 cm x 10.8 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (graphite): F. Becker; TITLE: recto, lwr. ctr. (graphite): “JOHN HENRY’S HAND” ; INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. l. (graphite): FEDERAL ART PROJECT/NYC WPA
Accession Number:  UM 1974.38.136
Credit Line:Gift of Frederick G. Becker to the W.P.A. Collection
UM1974-38-136.jpg

Description:
Close view of the palm of John Henry's hand with symbols reminisant of John Henry's life including railroad tracks, tools, vegetation, a snake, stars, eyes, fingerprints, veins and wooden structures.

Label Text:
From the John Henry Suite.. WPA Collection.

Tags:
African American; folklore; anatomy; animals; supernatural

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