Sculpture of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Sculpture of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Babe
Sculpture of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Babe, side
cSculpture of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue OxBabe back
Sculpture of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Babe, artist's signature
Sculpture of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Babe, bottom
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17380
Building: 
Current Location: 
Missouri Valley Room
Floor: 
5th
Object Description
Artist: 
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a carved wooden sculpture of folktale figure Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
Framed: 
No
Length: 
9 inches
Width: 
8 inches
Height: 
28 inches
Description: 

This sculpture of American folklore lumberjack Paul Bunyan is fittingly carved out of a tree trunk and maintains its cylindrical shape. Bunyan appears aghast with his mouth and eyes wide open. He has a head of stylized hair represented by rivet holes that condense near his face and expand around the back of his head. His beard, made with deep-cut narrow lines, fuse into the hide of Babe the Blue Ox beneath him. Babe's body wraps around the sculpture and his head emerges to the left of Bunyan's beard, but in lower relief than Bunyan himself. The carving technique and form of this sculpture encourage the viewer to move around it to get the full story, although it is unclear what caused Mr. Bunyan's expression.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes