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Boxwood Folk-Art Cane

Boxwood cane with carving of ivy, two snakes, two slugs, two snails, a lizard, and a mole. Two cassocked figures, one bearded and the other with horns, were carved in opposite directions with the tops of their heads touching. The handle represents a pope wearing St. Peter’s two keys around his neck; the inscription on his robe reads “Pauvre Bélizaire, tu es donc Pie ? Hélas! Oui C’est ta faute mon vieu-neuf” [Poor Belisarius, so you’re Pius? Alas! Yes, it’s your own fault my new “old friend”]. French workmanship (signed “B. GLong Fecit”), dated 1860.

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