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Folk Art Native American Objects

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
20th C Hand Carved & Painted Canadian Goose
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th hand carved & amazing original painted Canadian goose. This goose is late but very great carving and surface. The condition is good.
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

Late 19th Century American Tramp Folk Art Draws
Located in London, GB
Late 19th century American tramp folk art draws We share what we love, and we love this late 19th American set of tramp art draws. Made from old cigar boxes, this authentic piece ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Folk Art Native American Objects

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Pine

Large American Turned Burl Wood Bowl, Late 18th-Early 19th Century
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Most likely ashwood, or possibly maple and Indian made. Great color with dry early surface and large size. No real condition issues. Measures: Height 4 1/4", diameter 16 1/4".
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Late 18th Century American Antique Folk Art Native American Objects

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Ash

Large Shipibo-Conibo Pot, Amazon, circa 1950
Located in Doylestown, PA
A wonderful and rare very large clay ceremonial jar made by the Shipibo-Conibo people of the upper Amazon region in Peru, circa 1950. Made by looping ropes of clay, one on top of ano...
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20th Century Peruvian Folk Art Native American Objects

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Clay

Vintage Handmade Round Western Cow Hide Mat
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Handmade vintage south western leather cow hide round table mat. Cowhide patchwork handcrafted from small pieces of leather and sewn together to create a beautiful pattern in shades...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Leather

Early Weathered Camp TOTEM Pole
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is a large TOTEM Pole and most likely came from an old summer camp. It does have a Route 66 feel as well. The finish is weathered and feels as if it could be from the around 194...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

1940s Folk Art Wire with Slatted Wood Lidded Box or Storage Trunk
Located in Ferndale, MI
Slats of wood connected by twisted wire for the box part of this trunk. Larger boards make up the top.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Sheet Metal, Wire

1970's Inuit Eskimo Soapstone carving of a Native American
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A 1970's Inuit Eskimo Soapstone carving of a Native American. It nicely done and shows some age.
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1970s Vintage Folk Art Native American Objects

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Soapstone

Mid-Century Era Signed West Coast Cedar Haida Indigenous Canadian Totem Pole
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This hand-carved cedar totem is signed by an unknown artist and presumed to have originated from Canada and dating to approximately 1960 and done in the West Coast Indigenous Haida s...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Folk Art Native American Objects

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Cedar

Late 19th Century Folk Art English Whirligig Sailor Figure
Located in London, GB
Late 19th century Folk Art whirligig sailor figure We are proud to offer an original late 19th century hand carved wood Folk Art whirligig figure in the form of an American soldier....
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1890s British Antique Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

Native American Animal Mythical Creature Redwood Totem Pole
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Almost 17 foot tall redwood animal totem. Animal totems are believed to have spiritual significance. Watching over Pacific Northwest Indian tribes and families. Symbolizing guardian ...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

20th Century Hand Carved Wood Bust Native American Sculpture by Duane Hansen
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Available for your consideration is an original hand carved sculpture by Duane Hansen. This object of art depicts a Native American gentleman with a single feather in his hair. His...
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1980s American Vintage Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

Signed Soapstone Carving of an Inuit by Quanaq Mikkigak
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An Inuit carving of a man signed on the base. Great Color. It appears to be a soapstone carving. Great color and striations.The man is approx 4.5 inches tall and approx 1x2.5 inches...
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20th Century Canadian Folk Art Native American Objects

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Stone

Antique Folk Art Carved Gesso over Wood and Hand Painted Native Man Statue
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Presumed to date from the late 19th century, this life-sized Folk Art carved and hand painted study depicts a Native man dressed in traditional attire and holding a staff. The artist...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Native American Objects

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Softwood, Paint

Woven Wool Horse Blanket Pillows or Collection of Three
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This group of three Indian weaving pillows include two kidney striped pillows and one horse head pillow. The condition are pristine.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wool, Linen

Fantastic Original Painted and Carved 19th Century Indian Plaque
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This wonderful original old surface plaque has a great old patina and a hand-carved and painted Indian chief. The Indian is in full original clothes with the feathers in his head. Wi...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Native American Objects

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Pine

Early Mexican Tex Coco Indian Weaving Pillows, Pair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These early Mexican Indian Tex Coco pillows are in great condition and are sold in pairs. The deep blue is on a cream back round. The backing is in indigo blue cotton linen. Sold in ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wool

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This folky hand carved and painted Canadian goose is from the forties and probably made in Canada. The condition is good with minor wear on tail feather area and base. Wear is consis...
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20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

20th C Large Hand Woven Papago Indian Tray
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th C hand woven large Papago Indian tray. Great condition. Great look for Southwestern or cabin decor. Great as as a collection on a shelf or table.
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20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Hemp, Natural Fiber

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Group of 4 Small 20th C Papago Indian Baskets
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Group of 4 Small 20th C Papago Indian Baskets. Measurements are approximate - Handled Basket - 5 wide x 4.75 deep x 5 high Smallest basket - 3.75 diameter x 1.75 high Medi...
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20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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20th C Small Papago Lidded Basket with Handle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th C Small Papago Lidded Basket with Handle. Great condition.
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20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Hemp, Natural Fiber

20th C Papago Lidded Basket with Geometric Pattern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
20th C Papago Lidded Basket with Geometric Pattern. Great Condition.
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20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Hemp, Natural Fiber

20th C Papago Indian Baskets Set of 3
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Measurements are as follows - Measures: Large basket - 9.25 x 5.5 Medium Basket - 6.5x3.5 Small basket - 2.5x4.5.
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20th Century Folk Art Native American Objects

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Natural Fiber, Hemp

Early 20th Century Native American Black Pottery Bowl
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Native American Indian pot or bowl has a very unusual geometric design. The condition is very good with wear consistent from age and use to the base.
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20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Pottery

Hand Carved Indian Rider Plaque
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine hand carved end of the run horse and rider plaque is in great condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

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Folky Hand Carved Indian Head
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing hand carved and painted Indian head with a feather in his head is in fine condition and has a great patina.
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Early 1900s American Antique Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

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20th Century Birds in Flight Indian Weaving Bolster Pillow
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a interesting pattern Indian weaving bolster pillow. The backing is in natural linen.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wool

Hand Carved Wood Indian Chief Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20thc hand carved wooden Indian chiefs plaque. This is so amazing and three dimensional at the same time.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Native American Objects

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Wood

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