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Elijah Pierce

 (1892 - 1984)
Elijah Pierce was active/lived in Ohio, Mississippi.  Elijah Pierce is known for bas relief religious carving, narrative.

Biography   Elijah Pierce


A folk-art carver of bas reliefs, Elijah Pierce created works that "are considered to be among the most important American folk carvings" of the 20th Century. (Rosenak 215). Described as a sculptural storyteller, he did carvings of African-American sports heroes, biblical subjects and political and social issues. He is best known for his religious carvings including the "Book of Wood", a series of thirty-three large reliefs with each representing one of the thirty-three years of the life on earth of Jesus Christ.

Elijah Pierce began carving as a young child in Mississippi and settled in Columbus, Ohio where he ran his barbershop that had two rooms---one for the barber customers and one for displaying his carving.

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