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Corked clear-glass milk bottle containing a carved wooden figure symbolizing the plantation life endured by the artist's father. The artist was Frederick I. Douglas (1871-1933), born in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, and the son of a former slave. Douglas worked as a gristmill operator and chauffeur. Late in life, he took up the craft of assembling sculptures in bottles, a form of folk art known as a bottle whimsy. Douglas began carving in 1927 and died in 1933.

Creator: Frederick I. Douglas
Date: between 1927 and 1933

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Item Number: 223444
KSHS Identifier: 1982.163.1

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