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Object Name Shovel
Description Hand carved wooden shovel that has been hand painted; donor file says that it is a minimum of 60 years old and could have been brought from the Basque Country; given to donor by an Elmore County Deputy; hand carved and painted by a sheepherder in the mountains around Mountain Home; name of sheepherder unknown but was sheepherder in the U.S. for the 1940's and 1950's; the entire shovel is one piece of wood and is painted gold with the back of the shovel blade painted black; the front of the blade is a painting of a wood with alders and two deer staring at a woman in a red shawl that is behind and to the right of the deer; pines are in the background and it is overcast and looks to be a fall day; the left side of the blade has a large portion of its side either shaved off or splintered off and has been painted over, probably before the BMCC received and most likely while the shepherd owned seeing as it has the same color as the other gold surrounding the edge of the painting; slight wear on back of blade.
Object Number 1996.005.001