Elijah Pierce

American, 1892 - 1984
Pierce was born on a cotton plantation in Baldwyn, Mississippi. His father, a former slave, was a farmer and a church deacon. Pierce had whittled as a child, but began carving in earnest in the early 1920s. He settled in Columbus, Ohio and opened his own barbershop in the early 1950s, with one room for his studio. Pierce believed God directed him to preach through wood carving. In the late 70s, he retired from barbering and became a full-time carver. He carved animals, freestanding and bas relief figures with religious, secular, historical and biographical themes. He preferred to work in pine, shaping with a pocketknife, chisel and sandpaper, and finishing his works with paint, shellac and sometimes glitter.
Elijah Pierce Snake W 20 in D 2 in $ 3,500
Elijah Pierce Farmer and Mule H 13 in W 13 in $ 19,500
Elijah Pierce Tiger H 12 in W 19 in D 3 in $ 21,000
Elijah Pierce Couple Dancing, 1972 H 10 in W 9 in $ 21,000
Elijah Pierce Spotted Dog H 5 in W 2 in D 4 in $ 5,200
Elijah Pierce Alligator, c. 1981 H 4 in W 25 in D 2 in $ 7,500
Elijah Pierce Giraffe, 1978 H 15 in W 6 in $ 6,000
Elijah Pierce Hippo H 7 in W 20 in D 4 in $ 21,000
Elijah Pierce Fruit, God's Plenty, c... H 14 in W 28 in $ 23,000
Elijah Pierce Lion H 9 in W 16 in D 4 in $ 15,000
Elijah Pierce Mustache Man, c. 1980 H 16 in W 4 in $ 4,200
Elijah Pierce Snake W 20 in D 2 in $ 3,500
Elijah Pierce Tiger, c. 1979 H 12 in W 19 in D 3 in $ 21,000
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