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Walking stick with a female nude and a Breton sabot on the handle

Gauguin made five trips to Brittany between 1886 and 1894. He liked the region's "savage, primitive" quality. His perception is embodied in the carving of this walking stick, with its snake-entwined shaft and handle in the form of a female nude supporting a Breton wooden shoe. The sole of the shoe slides open to reveal a hidden compartment.

Credit: Bequest of Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967...

c. 1888-90
Boxwood, mother-of-pearl [pinctada margaritifera (black-lip pearl oyster)], glass, and iron
2.0 x 2.0cm
67.187.45a, b
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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