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Decoy Bird - Barrows Golden Eye

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T966
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1875 - 1925


Wooden decoy duck carved and painted to resemble a Barrows Golden Eye duck. Decoy ducks were used to attract waterfowl and lure them into open water and within reach of the hunter's guns. They were used in groups called 'rigs' which could contain ducks from a number of different species. A successful decoy requires considerable skill in both carving and painting as the finished result must be able to fool a live duck.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Medium:Carved. Painted.
Place of Origin:America


Height:18.8 cm
Width:35.8 cm
Depth:15 cm