Folk Art Limberjack Miner by Craig Thomas
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This is a hand carved Folk Art Limberjack by artist Craig Thomas, a talented wood sculptor who lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. Limberjacks are traditional wooden or tin-plate toys for both adults and children. They are also called Jig Dolls, Dancing Doll/Men, Clogging Men, Busker's Puppets, Cloggers, Jiggers, Paddle Puppets, Stick Puppets, Limberjim or Limbertoy. Basically they are dolls with loose limbs that step dance or 'jig' on the end of a vibrating board or platform just like a real step or clog dancer. In Europe, these dancing marionettes were a popular street entertainment for hundreds of years. In the early 20th century old soldiers from the Great War sometimes busked with them to supplement their meagre war pensions. The miner marionette that Craig carved is a social commentary about mining for a living. The soot-covered puppet sits with his lunch box on a case of dynamite as if inured to the dangers of his work and resigned to his powerless condition. It is a charmingly detailed, powerfully provocative piece executed in Craig Thomas' masterly style. This piece is signed and dated 1992. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Dimensions: Standing marionette 11 1/2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches deep. Platform 10 1/2 inches long, 7 1/4 inches wide, 3/4 inches deep.