Mr. Gary Williamson has lived on his property in Siloam Springs, Arkansas for 35 years. Recently he discovered this beautiful piece on his property.
He brought it to the Talbot Library and Museum for us to review. Mr. Williamson is curious to know if anyone has any information on who may have made it and where it may have come from.
The initials on the piece are "CD".
If you have any information on this piece, please contact the Talbot Library and they can put you in touch with Mr. Williamson.
You may also comment here. We'd love your thoughts about the piece!
"Imagine standing in a room in a large museum....... What if these objects could speak? What would they tell you about themselves? How have they been used? Where did they come from? How did they get to this museum? Whom do they belong to?"
--Ari Berk & Carolyn Dunn
9/15/2018 09:18:59 pm
I believe the sculptures were made by Clarence Downing who passed away in approx 2005. Clarence worked in construction before he became a Cherokee Nation master craftsman; he was world renowned for his many fine carvings made of sandstone and wood. His artwork is on display throughout the world, including Japan, China, Rome and the Vatican. One of our neighbors also has a stone bust with those “CD” initials. Bill Glass, Jr. a Cherokee sculptor and Cherokee National Treasure identified this sculpture as work of Clarence Downing. Google “Clarence Downing, Cherokee” for more in depth info.
5/28/2019 09:39:47 am
I have three of these. I have been told they were done by Clarence Downing and depict actual people who were on the Trail of Tears.
7/7/2020 04:53:08 pm
He was my grandfather and thank you for those kind words and keeping his spirit alive...
12/8/2021 07:33:11 pm
I have a sculpture alot like that one to I will try to send a picture of it .I have researched alot trying to find facts on it .
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